: Dubai will be the next food capital of the world
Image Credit: Courtesy: Eric Lanlard
"I think the UAE food scene is amazing.
It'll take a year to go around each and every restaurant," says French celebrity patissier Eric Lanlard, owner of Cake Boy and author of several books, including the recent Chocolat.
And to top it all was the "perfect ending inspired by Eric Lanlard
", an orange blossom financier, a new creation by the pastry chef who has been living in Britain for the last 20 years.
"In the Middle East, I know they like their French patisserie so it was just a question of combining edible perfumes and local flavours of the region with a tradition such as English tea and giving it a different dimension," explained Lanlard
, who has cooked for celebrities, including Madonna and Elton John, but would love to cook for Catherine Deneuve because for him "she's the iconic French beauty.
In town after five years, Lanlard
was quite taken in by the changes in the city.
"First time I came to Dubai was for the opening of the Burj Al Arab.
At the time they were promoting the Palm and I thought this is never going to happen.
And five years later I'm here".
With newer horizons to conquer - Lanlard is one of the passengers on the Virgin Galactica - he took off on topics closer to his heart, mainly, food.
is in demand worldwide right now because baking is becoming bigger not just in the UK but everywhere.