A high end patisserie – the brainchild of a team behind a duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants – has opened in Selfridges in London.
Marc Patisserie has been developed by restaurateur Marlon Abela, chairman of MARC (Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation). The MARC Group owns and runs The Greenhouse and Umu in London, both of which have two Michelin stars.
Head pastry chef Alix Andre has worked with some of the most prominent names in the industry, including Stephane Sucheta, Alan Yau and Ladurée. And, head chocolatier Stephen Glenister has previously worked with William Curley and at Melt Chocolates
Abela said: “There has been a resurgence of fine patisseries in Paris and New York; we feel that London deserves its own.
“What we see today is either imported or mid-market. In line with our restaurants’ core values, we are focused on delivering food excellence using the very best seasonal and British ingredients.”
Nathan Herrmann, Selfridges’ director of food and restaurants, added: “We have been working with MARC restaurant group over the last year - and are convinced that their patisserie range is the most thoughtful and well-executed in the market. We are delighted that they have decided to launch a retail brand with Marc Patisserie and we are proud they have chosen Selfridges as their first location.”
The concession will serve a selection of éclairs, tartelettes, millefeuilles, petits gateaux, macarons and chocolates and the range will centre around three lines – Les Saisonnières – Les Classiques – Les Anglais (Seasonal – Classic – British).
Classic flavours including praline, Irish coffee, vanilla, espresso and lemon are offered alongside unusual flavours including treacle, Earl Grey, toffee apple and raspberry rose. The chocolate ranges include single origin, fruits, teas, spices, nuts and caramels.