Chef Johannes will create an exquisite afternoon tea buffet and conduct dessert master classes for adults and children. The Grill Room and Arte Café will feature a selection of his signature desserts.
Born in Lyon, France, Chef Johannes has worked alongside stellar names including Pierre Gagnaire and Alain Ducasse. He also teamed up with French pastry legend Pierre Hermé, hailed by French Vogue as the ‘Picasso of Pastry,’ for six years to refashion trends in pastry preparation. The two chefs developed a new technique to make pastries lighter and smoother. Their work influenced the global renaissance for traditional afternoon teas and the emergence of designer pastry collections.
“My pastries use traditional French techniques but the flavours and ingredients take inspiration from my travels around the world and are adapted according to my mood,” says Chef Johannes. A chosen partner of Valrhona, the Grand Cru of premium chocolatiers, he is also one of the few pastry chefs in the world with access to the new ultra-premium Valrhona Blond chocolate.
Dessert connoisseurs can taste Chef Johannes’s special afternoon tea buffet in the Lobby Lounge from Wednesday 28 May and Monday 2 June. The unlimited selection includes savoury and sweet delicacies inspired by the afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab, plus treats specially created for Shanghai. Among Chef Johannes’s signature creations are choux pastry yuzu and milk chocolate, coconut dacquoise with citrus jelly and lemon whipped ganache, and a gianduja streusel with banana passion fruit compote and chocolate cream.
A tempting selection of cakes and macaroons crafted by Chef Johannes will be available to take away. Options include almond hazelnut praline madeleines and six-piece macaroon boxes.
On Saturday 31 May, Chef Johannes will join Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai’s Executive Chef Tobias Pfister to present a three-course cooking master-class at the Grill Room. Chef Tobias will demonstrate the appetizer and main course and Chef Johannes will explain how to create his exotic mango jasmine dessert, composed of lemon sponge, jasmine crème brûlée, jasmine tea, chantilly cream and mango salsa. After the class, participants can savour their creations with fine coffee and fresh macaroons.
Chef Johannes will also conduct a kids’ pastry class on Sunday 1 June and teach children how to make and decorate a cupcake ‘à la Française.’ The class presents a great opportunity for children to be inspired in the kitchen by one of the world’s leading pastry experts.
Chef Johannes’ visit forms part of Jumeirah Restaurant Week, an annual weeklong celebration between 23 and 31 May 2014. More than 60 Jumeirah restaurants will participate worldwide and the Grill Room and Shang-High Cuisine restaurants will offer three-course set menus of seasonal signature dishes for RMB228* at lunch and four-course set menus for RMB328* at dinner.
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel is also a proud supporter of Shanghai Young Bakers, a charity programme that provides sponsored French bakery training for disadvantaged Chinese youngsters. The hotel will invite three of their students to work alongside Chef Johannes Bonin with the hope they will be inspired to achieve new heights in the future.