It’s all a go at Harrods this month. First Moët & Chandon announced it was launching a champagne bar within the Knightsbridge store, and now top pastry chef Angelo Musa is opening a patisserie there.
Musa, who hails from famed Parisian hotel Hotel Plaza Athénée, is renowned for pushing boundaries in the pastry world. He has garnered a number of awards for his craft, including ‘Best Pastry Craftsman of France’ (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) and ‘World Pastry Champion’, and is widely celebrated for his avant-garde techniques.
The new Harrods patisserie will be Musa’s first London outpost, sitting on the fourth floor. It’s set to include some of his signature desserts, including the 100% Vanilla, an ode to his favourite ingredient which sees sponge cake, duja croustillant, crémeux and white chocolate mousse topped with white chocolate velvet spray, hazelnut-white chocolate and grated vanilla beans. Also on the menu: Musa’s 2007 World Pastry Cup Winner ‘Papilio’, a marriage of passion fruit and chocolate with key components of almond croustillant, chocolate sponge cake, exotic caramel, chocolate mousse, crémeux and dark chocolate glaze.
‘I am incredibly proud to bring my take on the best pastry to Harrods, a prestigious name that resonates with so many throughout the world,’ he said. ‘This launch is incredibly exciting as it represents our debut in London, a city with such a strong energy. To be part of such an iconic British institution and showcasing the art of pastry is a true privilege.’
Musa’s arrival is part of a wider development of Harrods’ food and drink offering. This year the store will also welcome the debut restaurant from Björn Frantzén, best-known for his eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Stockholm. It’s also rumoured that a branch of Dubai-based bistro La Serre will open there at some point in the near future.