Angelo Musa, world pastry champion, graduation ceremony class patrons
On 7 June, 2017, Angelo Musa was class patron at the graduation ceremony for Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts students (Grand Diplôme – Cuisine Diploma – Pastry Diploma). More than 150 students, of 45 different nationalities, received their seal of excellence in the company of their families, friends and Chef Instructors.
Chef Angelo Musa, executive pastry chef at the Plaza Athénée hotel, 2003 World Pastry Champion and One of the Best Craftsmen in France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France - MOF) 2007, awarded the Pastry Diploma.
Pastry graduates were able to benefit from the invaluable advice of the chef to better prepare for their future careers.
There is one thing which to me seems essential: when you start working, respect nature, work in harmony with its rhythm, follow the seasons and respect ingredients, their choice is of upmost importance in our profession. Also, take the time to grow, to assimilate knowledge; don’t be in too much of a rush.
During their training programme, the students performed exceptionally well in all the challenges with which they were faced, and their motivation, alongside the permanent team of Chef Instructors, was clear to see. Culinary Arts Director, Chef Eric Briffard (MOF), and his Assistants, Philippe Groult (MOF) and Fabrice Danniel, Pastry Technical Director, wished them every success and, above all to excel in their career. We would like to welcome all our graduates to Le Cordon Bleu extended alumni family around the globe.
Who is Chef Angelo Musa?
Angelo Musa, 2003 World Pastry Champion and One of the Best Craftsmen in France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France - MOF) 2007, joined the Plaza Athénée hotel as executive pastry chef. At the beginning of April 2016, Angelo Musa was appointed head of the pastry teams at 25 avenue Montaigne by Alain Ducasse and François Delahaye.
Born in Nancy, in 1970, pastry chef Angelo Musa graduated from Metz Hospitality School. Winner of the French Cup (2001), he won the World Pastry Cup in 2003. He learnt the ropes at Pâtisserie Bourguignon in Metz then at Relais Desserts Oberweis, Luxembourg, before joining Le Palais du Chocolat, with Pascal Caffet, in Troyes. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious title One of the Best Craftsmen in France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France - MOF). In March 2008, he created consultancy firm Papilio Conseil which enabled him, amongst other projects, to establish the Pâtisserie des Rêves de Thierry Tessier & Philippe Conticini in Paris’s 7th and 16th districts and, today, to be named executive chef at the Plaza Athénée hotel.
With a wealth of experience in France and abroad – this Nancy native with the blue/white/red collar (his greatest pride!) tackles his latest challenge with poise: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the team at the Plaza Athénée, alongside Alain Ducasse, and to work hand-in-hand with pastry chef Alexandre Dufeu”.
His task? He approaches it with the commitment and humility which characterize him, but also with a great deal of passion. Surrounded by a 21 strong kitchen brigade, his creativity is reflected on the menus of the Cour Jardin, the Galerie, the Relais Plaza, the Terrasse Montaigne, for “Special Events” but also room service! He is fully aware that a variety of subjects exist but he approaches each one as if it is a different playing field …
His vision? Balance is his motto! First and foremost, balance of flavours (which can be bold but must marry delicately with other flavours), next comes balance of textures (so that the palate can experience different sensations: soft, crisp, melting …) but also a balance between sweet and sour, or acidic.
What does he enjoy most? Reworking the classics. Working them through, step by step, with perfectly mastered technical skills: the crisp puff pastry in a mille-feuille must be impeccable and the cream flawlessly fresh; pastry bases – for flans and tarts – must be pre-baked with watchmaker like precision before being “dressed”, the cream in an éclair should be “made to order” to achieve the creaminess that will be a perfect match for the crisp pastry…