WHEN it comes to making top-notch pudding, few can beat French pastry chef Benoit Blain.
He returned to the Bake Off: The Professionals on Channel 4 as one of the judges.
Who is Benoit Blin?
Benoit grew up in Normandy, France, in a small town with bakeries at every end of his street.
This humble apprenticeship at one of these bakeries led Benoit to land a role as Senior Sous Chef at the Ritz Paris in 1991.
In between these two roles, Benoist completed a second apprenticeship as a confectioner, spent a year in national service as a sea cook, and worked at the Normandie Hotel in Deauville.
Benoist has been a judge on Bake Off: The Professionals since the first series of the show, which was launched on BBC2 and was formerly called Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.
Where did Benoit Blin work?
At the Ritz he worked for four years among the best chefs in France before Raymond Blanc persuaded him to come to the UK.
Benoit has been with Raymond’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Oxfordshire for over 20 years.
He is a pastry chef in a famous restaurant, the highest role in the dessert kitchen.
Benoit leads a team of 13 confectioners who create fresh bread, pastries, chocolate, ice cream and desserts every day.
What competitions did Benoit Blin win?
Benoit is no stranger to the world of pastry competitions.
He was Team President of Great Britain at the 2011 World Pastry Championships and is currently Chairman of the Pastry Chefs Club of Great Britain.
He says he would like to see the UK win the World Pastry Championship one day.
In 2005, the talented Benois was awarded the title of MCA, a master of culinary arts. This is the highest award in the industry and is only given every four years.
Benoit, who holds a French Master’s degree in Pastry, was also named Pastry Chef of the Year in 2009.
He is also a longtime member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
Is Benoit Blin married and has any children?
Pancake does not talk much about his family life, but it seems that the cook has children.
Benoit said Canteen for staff: “When I have free time, I try to really take care of my family. I try to spend as much time as possible with my family because the art of cooking takes up a lot of your time.
“I like watching rugby. I don’t play because unfortunately I can’t risk not showing up to work one day, but I really enjoy watching it. My son played for a few years when he was here before going to university.”
When is Bake Off: The Professionals 2022 on TV and how to watch it?
Bake Off: The Professionals 2022 returns TODAY (May 24, 2022) at 8pm on Channel 4.
In each episode, new teams must show all their pastry skills to surprise the judges and stay in the competition.
Twelve teams of pastry chefs from restaurants, hotels and small businesses are trying to take home the trophy.
The show will continue every Tuesday at 20:00 and past episodes can be viewed at ALL 4.