Pascal Clair to open first Dubai cafe this week

09/07/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Pascal Clair to open first Dubai cafe this week

One of the world's most acclaimed pastry chefs will be opening his first commercial property in the UAE this week.Pascal Clair - who has prepared food for the likes of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II and Richard Branson - is launching his first cafe in Dubai in the Dubai Investment Park, Hotelier Middle East reports.Mr Clair is no stranger to the emirate, having shown off his skills as a master baker at Atlantis The Palm, the Ritz Carlton and the Emirates Palace, having first made a name for himself serving treats to the rich and famous at London's celebrated Claridge's Hotel.The cafe and 420 sq m production kitchen have been designed by the chef over a five-month period and the gastronomic legend claims the opening of the venue will be a soft launch, just like when he opened the doors of his Ritz Carlton business."I don't want to make it too big, I want to keep it nice and slow and have the people coming in one after the other to discover what we do," Mr Clair explained.The chef claims this latest venture is a labour of love, not about making massive profit, because he wants the eatery to develop a clientele of local customers and to develop a name as a "standalone business in the region".He wants the venue to act as a showcase and build a following - perhaps opening further such offerings around the emirate as time goes by.Mr Clair added he is "thrilled" to have his name on the window of the cafe, as this is not something he ever expected to achieve in Dubai.The Burgundy-born chef draws on his French heritage at the eatery, including French apple pie on the menu, while there will also be old favourites such as Black Forest Gateaux, brownies and blueberry cheesecake among other mouth-watering confections."I still carry forward the recipes for my father's bread and a few of the chocolate cakes we have here though they may be slightly retouched. Also the croissants, brioche - all are based on my father's recipes," he said.