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Plating for Gold: A Decade of Dessert Recipes from the World and National Pastry Team Championships Hardcover – June 13, 2012

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Since 1999, the World and National Pastry Team Championships have pitted teams of the world's best pastry chefs against each other in a competition to produce the most delectable and spectacular desserts ever imagined. Though the creations themselves may be whimsical and fun, the competition is serious, and the winning desserts are unmatched wonders of flavor and presentation.

With Plating for Gold, you can re-create these stunning masterpieces in your own kitchen—whether you're a professional, an aspiring pastry chef, or a dedicated home baker. Pastry chef Tish Boyle presents a collection of the best plated dessert recipes from the first decade of this prestigious championship along with step-by-step guidance, helpful line drawings to illustrate plating techniques, and gorgeous full-color photographs of the finished masterpieces.

You'll find one-of-a-kind recipes created by renowned pastry chefs like Ewald Notter, Jacquy Pfeiffer, and Sébastien Canonne, as well as professional insight and advice on building flavor and plating for perfection. Recipes include delightful creations such as Team Schoenbeck's Fracheur de Cavaillon, an innovative combination including poached tomato and ice wine granité; Team Lhuillier's intricate Coconut Cream with Strawberry Confit and Fromage Blanc Ice Cream, featuring bright flavors and delicate filled honey tuiles; and Team China's offering of Litchi Cream with Red Fruit Compote, with unexpected floral undertones highlighting its exotic flavor profile.

While you experiment with these amazing recipes, you'll master fundamental elements of the pastry chef's art, from cakes, sorbets, and mousses to sauces, syrups, and tuiles. The book also includes practical guides to flavor pairing, essential kitchen equipment, and choosing the best ingredients, as well as expert advice on creating beautifully composed plates. Meanwhile, candid pho-tographs of pastry chefs in action give you a behind-the-scenes look at competition at the highest level.

Whether you aspire to compete with the best at next year's championships or simply want to amaze and delight guests at your next big dinner party, Plating for Gold is the absolute gold standard in dessert cookbooks.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118059840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118059845
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who wants to be an upper tier pastry chef would be advised to purchase this book for the exhaustive photos and recipes. There's no better idea source for artistic inspiration than this book. Because of this, I have to give it 5 stars. What I don't like about this book is that probably the most interesting parts of these creations are the chocolate and pulled sugar decorations. That's why I bought the book. So of course I want to know how to make those. But each time I saw something I wanted to make, it referred me to page 308 where there is a basic sugar syrup recipe. And that's it. So I make the recipe, then what?? I realize it's a bit complicated, but even an overview would be appreciated. I have a general notion of how to make sugar art but I wanted insight on how each of those ornaments were made. There was thorough instruction on how to make the tuile ornaments, like the abstract wafer on the cover. If you want to tackle any of these recipes, you will need a lot of time, research and education. Unless you're already a gourmet pastry chef of the top level. Then this would be a good idea file. So if you're looking for nice photos of pulled sugar and chocolate, this is great. If you're looking for a manual on how to make pulled sugar ornaments, this won't work.
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THis is a great book, nothing in there is not to complicated to do, no crazy ingredients or techniques. Just the regular equipment, silicone pans, ice cream machine. Great detail on every dessert, plating illustrations, lots of pictures, great desserts in here. 30 bucks well spent, I have taken a couple of things out of here for my dessert menu as we speak
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We didn't know the extent ofthe many World and National Pastry Team Champtionships that existed prior to being introduced to this lovely volume, but each of the winners certainly deserves their well-deserved medals and laurel wreaths. The ingenuity and complexity of the desserts featured here are simply amazing. If the reader is up to the challenge of reproducing any of these stunning desserts in their own homes, detailed assembly instructions are provided, along with recipe directions in both grams and ounces. The desserts featured in Plating for Gold are sophisticated, minimalist,creative and in many cases one of a kind. So if you want to wow your guests with something more than creme brulee at your next party, Plating for Gold is for you!
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Technically quite laborious, but easy to understand, and try them in our catering. We will try to apply . The recipes are clear and the ingredients (mostly) easy to find in our piece of earth, as well as the way the dessert is set up for plating, causing a whoau!.
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This book helped me pass my finals in my first semester of pastry. Photos are beautiful & every recipe I tried was easy & looked great. If you do nothing but look att the plating you will love this book.
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By cp on October 27, 2013
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If you are a professional and are looking for some new fresh idea this is not gonna be a very useful book.
If you are keeping up with whats going on with the pastry championships right now, you might be not so happy either.
I'm more interested in whats going on with modern pastry and some recipes here are just very old fashion (from nominated teams back in 2000) and some of the illustrations and plating styles are just very dated, although some basic recipes are good, the last part of the book is not so bad, talking about flavor combinations and somehow interesting recipes, but I prefer much more elegant and modern presentations.

Although, if you are a beginner i do recommend this book, a good guideline, good illustrations, very explanatory, good simple to follow recipes, good explanation on basic techniques.
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they have great recipes and pictures but if you want to learn how to plate a dessert this book is very vague. It need more instructions for the beginners. You need to have a background plating to get the 100% of this book.
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Great book for professionally written recipes from reliable sources -

If you're a new or young pastry chef - this books is indispensable. You can look up recipes for virtually anything that interests you - and get an idea of how they are made, the method and ingredients - and then use this knowledge to create your own recipes.
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