- Dominique Ansel is the pastry chef behind the Cronut, a cross between a doughnut and a croissant that is considered one of the most famous New York City desserts.
- Ansel, who owns Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City’s SoHo neighbourhood, is hosting a free, live-streamed baking class and question-and-answer session on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on the website MasterClass.
- Several professional chefs are offering live cooking lessons, classes, and tips to brighten spirits and encourage new kitchen skills while many are social distancing.
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One of New York City’s most famous pastry chefs is inviting dessert-lovers (virtually) into his kitchen for a free, live question-and-answer and baking class session.
Dominique Ansel, owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in Manhattan and creator of the famous Cronut dessert, is hosting a free live event on the website MasterClass, which starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 11.
The virtual event lets fans of the Cronut, or Ansel’s other confections, like frozen s’mores, learn professional baking tips and acquire kitchen advice from the pastry genius himself.
Insider senior video producer and host Herrine Ro previously delved into the origins of the Cronut in an episode of “Legendary Eats.”
Ansel created the pastry before Mother’s Day in 2013, he said in the video. The team at his bakery wanted to release a limited-edition doughnut for the occasion, but Ansel didn’t have a recipe for the traditional dessert, so he created a croissant-like doughnut instead, and it quickly caused lines around the block.
The famous chef’s MasterClass session isn’t the only way to connect with renowned cooks and pastry experts from the comfort of home.
Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura, based in Modena, Italy, shares clips of his nightly cooking adventures – including exclusive recipes and hacks for his family dinners – on Instagram in a series he’s dubbed “Kitchen Quarantine.”
Aspiring foodies can also learn from chefs via the Food Network Kitchen app, which offers free virtual cooking tutorials taught by hosts from “Chopped” and other Food Network shows.
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