Conde Nast Traveler: Pastry Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Desserts

Pastry chefs like Dominique Ansel, François Payard and Andrea Litvin spend their days crafting up delicious sweets for the world to enjoy. But what are their favorite desserts? We find out.


panna cotta

Photo by: Anthony Jackson



New York, USA


Selected by: Ashley Brauze, the former executive pastry chef at db bistro moderne in New York. (Brauze will soon take over the pastry department at Café Boulud).

“I recently dined at Michael White’s new steakhouse, Costata—and fell in love with Chef Robert Truitt’s panna cotta [with] vanilla crema, watermelon granita and Sicilian pistachio,” says Brauze.

“It was the middle of the most recent New York heat wave, and this was a perfect light, refreshing, summer dessert. The creamy panna cotta was balanced by the crisp granita, made with fresh watermelon juice. And the candied pistachios [lent] a bit of saltiness and crunch,” Brauze explained. “[It was] simply and perfectly executed with interesting flavor combinations."


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