Paris seen by chef Sadaharu Aoki

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  • Thursday, 05 January 2017

It is the turn of the master pastry and cake maker Sadaharu Aoki to tell us about his love story with the French capital and his profession – part gourmet delight and part work of art.

aoki-p1Source of inspiration? Paris and France in general are an inexhaustible source of inspiration, notably through the richness of their regional products, the quality of their fruit, raw materials, etc. I regularly go to Rungis for my produce. I am constantly innovating, trying out new things and I am always inspired by the climate and the seasons. What’s more, I have now lived longer in Paris than in Tokyo and therefore feel as much French as Japanese. From the beginning of my work to today, I feel that the city has not really changed, which has a reassuring aspect.

Secret? A love for work is the key to my success and to any great business. My creations are pure … I often add Japanese flavours (Macha, Yuzu) but with careful attention to proportions and presentation. aoki-p2I feel therefore like the soul of an ambassador. Moreover, in 1999, I was nominated as the person responsible for the Paris office of the federation of Japanese pastry and cake makers, which for me was a great honour and a good way of getting known in the guides. Sadaharu Aoki aoki-p3

A bientôt! Maxime

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Maxime

Bonjour, my name is Maxime. I obtained my name because my grandmother always took me to Maxime’s in Paris for my birthday, always in the company of her best girlfriend! When I was fourteen years old, I was already enamoured with their Parisian chatter. Now, when with friends, I know everything about the art of invisible make-up and light cocktails! The Parisian really has a very distinct character: she’s surprising and interesting. And she’s so feminine! As for invitations, it a real task: each day Paris offers new exhibitions, previews and vernissages. With a Parisian, you absolutely have to be in the right place at the right time!

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