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A celebrity patissier and Bulgarian wines

Here again, we’ve had another wonderful encounter with someone who truly understand the quality of Bulgarian wines. His name is Mr Pascal Chaldella, an executive pastry chef at Park Hyatt Tokyo. The meeting took place at Park Hyatt Tokyo where we were visiting on a duty trip. Pascal is originally from Moselle, Lorraine which locates North-East of France near German border. It has Strasbourg, a renowned gourmet city, on the other hand.

His future occupation was determined as young as he was 5, for being raised in a family that baking was a part of everyday life. He set foot in the profession and worked in various places in his native France, UK, Ireland, Luxembourg etc. In 2004 he was appointed as a lecturer at Le Cordon Bleu London and trained a number of young pattissier to be. Then he left Europe for Far East. Landing at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea as a Head Pastry Chef, then moved to Grand Hyatt Incheon as an Exective Pastry Chef. In 2015 he was appointed as an Executive Pastry Chef at Park Hyatt Tokyo. Despite splendour career, Pascal appears to be grounded and modest.

His sweet creations are radiant and carry state of art.

Clock just struck 4pm, Friday. We were sitting in Peak Bar after rounding up a previous meeting. There he comes. Surprise surprise, Pascal wore cook’s white hat and an apron which made him look nothing but a chef! Buzzing customers in Peak Bar couldn’t help stairing at him in anticipation. He found us among others and walked over with a warm smile on his face.

It was the magic of Bulgarian wines that brought us together. Pascal, being Italian descendant raised in France, has always associated with good food and wines. He has travelled to Bulgaria at occasions and tried Local wines enough times to understand the genuine quality. He well acknowledges that Bulgaria is a high quality wine producer, yet little known to the Japanese market. We chat over various topics for an hour, finding lots in common.

At our next visit, I’d love to try his marvelous creations with cuppa!