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A Patisserie Opens at the Ritz Paris
ImageLeft: Le Comptoir, the new pastry shop at the Ritz Paris, with confections by chef François Perret. Right: a selection of glazed and filled madeleines, the chef’s signature pastry.Credit…Bernhard Winkelmann
By Lindsey TramutaThe culinary vision of the French chef Auguste Escoffier established the Ritz Paris as a coveted dining destination more than 120 years ago. Now, François Perret, the hotel’s pastry chef since 2016, is cementing that reputation with Le Comptoir, a patisserie that opened at the property earlier this week. Accessible to the public from the Rue Cambon, the bright, peachy-hued shop offers twists on classic pastries, from croissants and mille-feuilles to seven varieties of glazed madeleines. But Perret has also introduced new creative confections, like his three made-to-order “cake shakes” — drinkable versions of his best-selling treats from the Ritz’s Salon Proust teatime menu. “Working in a place with such an aura, with such history, we owed it to ourselves to be ambitious with this project,” explains Perret. “People come to us for something special because we’re the Ritz. That had to come to life in the pastry.” ritzparis.com.