PIERRE HERMÉ Macarons

Product: Macaron
Brand: Pierre Hermé
Producer: Pierre Hermé
Country of origin: France
Region: Ile de France
Town: Paris
Approximate price per kilo: 100 euros
Approximate weight: 20 gr., which, according to flavor, can vary a bit.
Prizes and recognition: He is, without a doubt, one of the most renowned pastry chefs in the world.  His creations can be found on the streets of Paris, Tokyo, Osaka and London.
GourmetSearcher.com score out of 100: 98//100.
Why does it deserve our mention? For the level of excellence of these macarons, his creativity, and the magnificent selection of raw material used in these creations.  French Vogue has called him the Picasso of pastry, but whether that’s true or not, what is a fact is that his name is inscribed in the history books of pastry making.   Born in 1961, he is the fourth generation of a pastry-making family from Alsace.  He moved to Paris when he was quite young to continue his training at the pastry shop of another genius, Lenotre, who he still considers his maestro today.  Later, he was the Head of Pastry Making at the prestigious Epicerie Fauchon at the Place de la Madeleine in Paris.  Then for a year he worked on the expansion of Ladurée, another famous pastry shop, also well known for their macarons.  Before opening his first Pierre Hermé shop in Paris, he spent four years in Japan, where he opened a pastry shop and then a tea salon.  Finally, in 2002, he saw his dream fulfilled and, 26 years after arriving in Paris, he opened his first store there at 72 de Rue Bonaparte. After that, expansion was fast and new shops in Paris and other countries were added.  He is the youngest person to be decorated Pastry Chef of the year in France and the only pastry chef made a Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.  Before tasting his famous macarons, you may imagine that there must be something behind all of that fame… but after tasting them you’ll think he hasn’t been recognized enough!
How should you cook or eat them? By themselves any time, or as dessert.
What wine should you drink with them? A pink Champagne like Millesimé from Maison Henriot. 
How should you keep them? In the refrigerator.
Where can you buy them? www.pierreherme.com, www.selfridges.com or www.isetan.co.jp 

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