Jessica Préalpato, head pastry chef of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris, is the first female chef to be named World’s Best Pastry Chef 2019 as part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards.

Congrats to Jessica Préalpato, head pastry chef of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris, who has been named the World’s Best Pastry Chef 2019. She follows in the footsteps of her predecessors such as Cédric Grolet in 2018, Dominique Ansel in 2017, Pierre Hermé in 2016 and Albert Adrià in 2015.

Préalpato started her career at La Chèvre d’Or in Eze, Southeastern France, then moved on to Paris restaurants such as 39V restaurant and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. She next spent a few years as chef pâtissière for Frédéric Vardon’s Corfou Group before joining Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in 2015.

Préalpato gained attention for the way she puts up light, delicious desserts that are low in sugar and made with natural ingredients. Her signature dishes include strawberry clafoutis with frosted pine and gâteau millasson, as well as figue featuring figs cooked three ways with fig ice cream and a light biscuit.

Says Préalpato, “It is an absolute honour to be recognised as The World’s Best Pastry Chef. As the daughter of two pastry chefs, I have been immersed in the world of culinary arts my entire life. This award represents my life journey and the passion I have for this art. I hope this award inspires emerging pastry chefs around the world.”

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