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Interview: Chef Emanuel Pinheiro

New Pâtisserie Chef from Le Cordon Bleu Rio de Janeiro

Emanuel Pinheiro left Maceió, Alagoas, at the age of eleven, hoping to have a better life. At fifteen, he entered a bakery kitchen just to help clean up, and in less than three months, was promoted to an assistant position. His success and growth were enormous that soon he was called to work in the city of Toulouse, in France. Since then, he has gained the world.

1) Tell me about your career?

I returned from Toulouse to become the first Brazilian Pâtisserie chef to work at the Club Med Hotel. After a few years, I met Christophe Lidy, who called me to work at the delicatessen Garcia & Rodrigues. During this period, I kept going back and forth from France, where I seized the opportunity to study at Lenôtre as well as to buy books and materials that were difficult to find in Brazil. Years later, Chef Roland Villard invited me to be Sous Chef at Sofitel, where I stayed for five years together with Philippe Brye (now Head Chef of Pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu) in the esteemed restaurant Le Pré Catelan. I continued to work in large hotel chains and was a consultant for Talho Capixaba, Colher de Pau, Cafeína, among others

2) What was the biggest challenge you have faced in the gastronomy world?

It was to participate in the World Cup of Pâtisserie. Chef Philippe Brye encouraged me to participate. The challenge consisted in making a sculpture of chocolate, a dessert and entremets. The challenge lasted six hours and I arrived in second place, this made me very happy. It was a dream to be there!

3) What is your favorite dessert?

I love working with fruits! Especially Brazilian fruits, such as cajá, graviola, cupuaçu ...

4) In your opinion, what does it take to become a successful Chef?

Responsibility, determination and ethics.

"The kitchen has the power to transform people, as it has transformed me. The kitchen educates. You have to have discipline to execute the tasks, respecting the methods and techniques. "

In addition, it is essential to respect the Head Chef. Be persistent, humble and polite.

5) What do you want to pass on to your students at Le Cordon Bleu?

In theses 20 years of profession, I've always had a French Chef guiding me. This made me respect the French savoir-faire and follow the bases of Pâtisserie. I believe in giving back everything that was taught to me, so nothing is fairer than passing on the knowledge I have acquired to my students.

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