AppointmentsNews

Talented new Head Pastry Chef Malo Le Cras joins Château Saint-Martin and Spa

Malo Le Cras, the young 27-year-old pastry chef has been appointed to work at two Oetker Collection palaces in France – the Château Saint-Martin and Spa in Vence for the summer season, and L’Apogée Courchevel in the winter.

Head Pastry Chef, Malo Le Cras
Head Pastry Chef, Malo Le Cras

Malo Le Cras’ interest in pastry was first sparked as a child, baking in the kitchen alongside his mother. It was at the age of 15, however, that the flame was truly lit when he headed to Éric Jubin’s chocolate and pastry shop at Pont-Aven, in the Finistère, for his school work experience placement.

That experience inspired him to sign up for a vocational training course at the Lycée Le Paraclet, in Quimper, where he obtained his Vocational Baccalaureate in Baking and Pastry in 2012. His passion for pastry was then further fuelled on joining the Hôtel de La Pointe at Cap Coz in Fouesnant, in the Finistère, as a trainee commis pastry chef. The teamwork, pressure, exacting standards and creativity so crucial in this profession nourished his appetite for hard work.

In 2013, Malo Le Cras made the decision to leave his native Brittany behind him, heading to Paris to join Alain Ducasse’s restaurant, Rech, as a trainee pastry chef, where he earned his Restaurant Desserts Diploma.

Ever hungry for a challenge, he entered the French Desserts Championships, walking away with 1st prize in the junior category for the Ile-de-France region.

He pursued his training and career working for numerous different establishments, including the Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort in Tourrettes, in the Var , and the Hostellerie de la Pointe Saint-Mathieu at Plougonvelin, in the Finistère, with its single-starred Michelin restaurant.

He joined Oetker Collection for the 2013-2014 season for the opening of L’Apogée Courchevel, then went on to work at the Eden Rock-St Barths on the island of Saint-Barthélemy in 2016, and more recently the Château Saint-Martin & Spa, where he was appointed Sous Pastry Chef in 2018.

“What I love about pastry is its ability to give people pleasure and introduce them to new taste sensations. I love the creative side, the textures, smells and flavours. But what I love more than anything is sharing my passion with others”, says Malo Le Cras.

Having always had a passion for travel and culture, in November 2018 Malo Le Cras decided to head off on a solo trip exploring South East Asia, extending his trip by six months by obtaining a Working Holiday Visa in Taiwan, where he ran pastry classes.

As a fan of Asia’s omnipresent Street Food, he then decided to set himself a new challenge – that of introducing the local population to Breton crêpes, one of his region’s specialities. He got his business off the ground by purchasing an electric tricycle, which he kitted out to produce crêpes on-the-go. It proved to be a resounding success, and one of which he is extremely proud.

The trip as a whole opened his eyes to another culture, giving him the opportunity to make some amazing connections and above all filling his head with unique and unforgettable memories.

Now back in France, he has started 2021 by joining Château Saint-Martin & Spa as Head Pastry Chef for the iconic Oetker Collection establishment: “I’m both delighted and honoured to be joining the Château Saint-Martin & Spa team this season. It is a Collection underpinned by values that I truly admire, such as authenticity, creativity and family. I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to share my creations with guests and spark emotion and pleasure through my pastries.”

At the Château Saint-Martin & Spa, Malo Le Cras will be adding his signature touch to the dessert menus right across the establishment, including at the one Michelin-starred Le Saint-Martin restaurant, the summer restaurant, L’Oliveraie, and the venue’s bar, Le Rossini. He will also be responsible for the sweet breakfast and Room Service menus.

Jean-Luc Lefrançois, Executive Chef at both the Château Saint-Martin & Spa and L’Apogée Courchevel, is thrilled to be welcoming Le Cras onto his team: “Malo is a young and indulgent Head Pastry Chef with an appetite for discovery and travel. Discrete yet passionate, he draws on his wide-ranging experiences to showcase a high degree of creativity that knows no bounds.”

Read More: Appointments

Related posts

South Korea MICE Travel Game Show hits top spot in corporate engagement activities in 2020-21

Korea Tourism Organization and Today’s Traveller, successfully organised the “South Korea MICE Travel Game Show”

Marriott International to launch Courtyard by Marriott brand in beautiful Sri Lanka by late 2021

Marriott International, Inc. signed an agreement with Colombo City Centre Partners (Private) Limited, part of the Abans Group, to launch Courtyard by Marriott Colombo Sri Lanka in late 2021.

Joyjit Chakravorty appointed General Manager at Hilton Garden Inn, New Delhi/ Saket effective June 15, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn, New Delhi/Saket announced the appointment of Joyjit Chakravorty as the General Manager of the hotel with effect from June 15, 2021

Shuvendu Banerjee appointed new General Manager Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla

Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla announced the appointment of Shuvendu Banerjee as the new General Manager. With an illustrious experience of…

Natasha Mehta appointed Vice President - Special Projects and Brand Experience at The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Natasha Mehta as Vice President – Special Projects and Brand Experience

IHG expands footprint in Punjab with new build 110-keys Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jalandhar

IHG signs agreement with Samplast Resorts to develop Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jalandhar

This Father’s Day celebrate with the newly launched Billion Air Vodka

This Father’s Day celebrate with the newly launched Billion Air Vodka

Responsible dining experiences are back at ITC Maurya

The iconic, award-winning restaurants at ITC Maurya have reopened for their patrons post the announcement to open restaurants in Delhi. In the…

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park announces hybrid weddings solution

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park has announced the launch of its #Celebrationbeyondgeograhies national campaign, providing a Hybrid Weddings and Socials experience for…

Amandeep Kaur appointed new General Manager at WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Bengaluru effective 01 June 2021

Amandeep Kaur has been appointed as the General Manager of WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Bengaluru from June 01st, 2021.