Hermé, Pierre

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Hermé, Pierre (1961–), has, since the late 1990s, been the most internationally renowned patissier of the grand French tradition and its greatest contemporary innovator. Jeffrey Steingarten dubbed him the “Picasso of Pastry” in Vogue magazine.

A fourth-generation pastry maker, Hermé left his native Alsace for Paris after the celebrated patissier Gaston Lenôtre (1920–2009) noticed him there before Hermé had even turned fourteen. Just five years later, Lenôtre entrusted a high-profile boutique to his wunderkind apprentice.