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We are recruiting!

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Our Patisserie Box are recruiting Pastry Chefs!

Our Patisserie Box are recruiting Pastry Chefs!We are recuiting Apprentice pastry Chefs a Commie Pastry Chef and a Pastry Chef De Partie.

The Patisserie Box Base in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham offer a range of delicious desserts, perfect patisseries and pastries, and cakes for both retail and trade customers. We specialise in creating ready to serve desserts for the hospitality and leisure industries.

Due to our growing successes we are expanding and now need more chefs to help us grow further.

Please send us your CV now to jobs@thepatisseriebox.com or ring us on 01242 252352 for more information.

The Patisserie Box provides fine quality hand-made desserts to the catering trade. We offer an extensive range of hand-made fresh and frozen desserts, produced to the highest standards by our team of experienced  Pastry chefs. The quality produce reflects our commitment to both presentation and flavour.

We offer wholesale desserts and patisseries for businesses, either supporting an existing chef or providing the full menu. We are passionate and dedicated to providing the best possible service and getting everything right.

Contemporary Cakes Wedding Show Ellenborough House

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Contemporary Cake Designs will be showing our Wedding Cakes at Ellenborough House’s Wedding Show.

Contemporary Cake Designs will be showing our Wedding Cakes at Ellenborough House's Wedding Show.Contemporary Cake Designs invite you to explore Ellenborough Park on 14th May 2017 at our wedding open day.

Contemporary Cake Designs has been selected as one of Ellenborough Park highly recommended suppliers and we will also be on hand to inspire the finishing touches for your big day.

Ellenborough Park is one of the Cotswolds’ most luxurious wedding venues, set in beautiful parkland surroundings.

Take a tour with one of Ellenborough Park’s wedding team to discuss your vision for your Cotswold wedding, while viewing rooms dressed for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast.

The Wedding Show is on 14th May 2017, 11am – 3pm.

For more information, please call 01242 545454 direct or email events@ellenboroughpark.com

Why not come along- we would love to see you?

Contemporary Cakes asked to join Wedding Show

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Contemporary Cake Designs has been asked to join the Merriscourt Wedding Show.

Contemporary Cake Designs has been asked to join the Merriscourt Wedding Show.The Wedding Show will take place on Sunday 2nd April between 10 am and 3pm at Merriscourt.

Contemporary Cake Designs is a RECOMMENDED SUPPLIER to Merriscourt.

Merriscourt is a breathtakingly beautiful Cotswold wedding venue on the border of Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire.

Home of Thomas Astor & his family, there are three interlinking, beautiful Cotswold wedding barns for you & your guests to enjoy. You are also free to roam the 500 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside.

Known as one of the prime Cotswold wedding venues, each of our weddings is bespoke, designed to your specifications. Our diligent event team pride themselves on giving you everything you dreamt of for your wedding day… and more.

The three interlinking, converted Cotswold barns surround a romantic courtyard, with spectacular rural views across the rolling countryside. There are a wealth of stunning spots for wedding photos & idyllic strolls, whatever the season.

Why not come along- we would love to see you?

Merriscourt is at Sarsden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6QX

Contemporary Cake Designs at Apprenticeship Open Evening

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Contemporary Cake Designs will be at Gloucestershire College’s Apprenticeship Open Evening tonight.

Contemporary Cake Designs will be at Gloucestershire College's Apprenticeship Open Evening tonight.Fast track your career at Apprenticeship Information Evening

Gloucestershire College is inviting young people and their parents in to its Gloucester Campus this March to learn about apprenticeships and meet the employers looking to recruit them.

The Apprenticeship Information Evening – Gloucester Campus on Wednesday 22 March 2017, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Guests to the Apprenticeship Information Evening will get the chance to explore the different types of apprenticeships available through the College, including degree-level apprenticeships. They’ll also have the opportunity to visit six industry zones, where they can speak directly to the Gloucestershire businesses who will be recruiting apprentices in the coming year and find out about the roles on offer. Prospective apprentices can even apply for live vacancies on the night.

The apprenticeship zones are:

  • Construction and Motor Vehicle
  • Engineering
  • Health, Social Care and Early Years
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Professional Services and Creative Industries
  • Retail

Companies from around the county will be represented at each of the zones; amongst them will be construction employers: Clarkson Evans, EG Carter and Complete Utilities; engineering firms: Spirax Serco, Poeton and Leoni; financial businesses: Hazlewoods and St James Place; as well as caterers, The Patisserie Box.

The GC Apprenticeships Team will be on-hand on the night to explain the different levels of apprenticeships and qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice. They can also offer insight into entry requirements, typical wages and the career paths an apprenticeship can lead to.

Current apprentices will be sharing their experiences in their current roles and answering questions about life as an apprentice.

Julie Tegg, Head of Work Based Training at Gloucestershire College, said: “Myself and my team of apprenticeship experts are very excited for the Apprenticeship Information Evening, which will provide a real insight into how apprentices work and the wide range of opportunities with local employers.”

“We will be joined by employers from a diverse range of industries at our six apprenticeship zones, including those who currently train GC apprentices and those who will be hiring an apprentice for the first time; all of which will be looking to take on new apprentices in the next year.

“The event will give prospective apprentices the chance to talk face-to-face to employers for a real insight into what they are looking for, and even apply for current vacancies in person.”

The Apprenticeship Information Evening is free to anyone considering doing an apprenticeship and parents are welcome to attend. Book your place at the event at: www.educationthatpays.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pastry Chef apprentice roles available

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We are hiring 3 Pastry Chef Apprentices now!

We are hiring 3 Pastry Chef Apprentices now!Our wholesale business- The Patisserie Box, are looking to hire 3 Pastry Chef Apprentices now.

This is an amazing opportunity to train under Xavier Pelloux who with 20 years’ experience started his own career as an apprentice and Trained & Qualified as a Pastry Chef in Switzerland.

Since moving to England he has worked in some of London’s leading kitchen from Maison Blanc,The Ivy Restaurant, Harrods Knightsbridge and the Hilton, Park Lane. Founder and Director of The Patisserie Box.

Xavier is an experienced Pastry Chef and Chocolatier. Who creates desserts for all occasions. He also specialises in Croquembouche.

As an apprentice Pastry Chef, you will work with Xavier to learn your trade and give you a great foundation to start your career.

Full Pastry Chef Apprentice description (full vacancy specification)

Work within a small team of Pastry Chefs, to train in all aspects of being a Pastry Chef, creating a whole range of desserts from scratch. Learning the basics up to the finished products. You would be expected to work to extremely high food safety standard and ensure that the work area was kept clean and that you worked in a clean and hygienic manner always.

Experience isn’t as important as a real passion and interest in the role and willingness to learn. Hard worker essential and commitment to your work and the company.

Working Week
(i.e. Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, 1 hour for lunch) 37.5 hours 8am -4pm Monday to Friday (times may vary).

Pastry Chef Apprentice Skills required

Good communication skills. Attention to detail-creative-organised-the ability to follow a recipe. Hard worker and team player.

A keen interest in pastry, cakes, baking and desserts. Good communication skills.  Someone who enjoys being part of a team, who thrives in a busy environment, has a willingness to learn a wide range of new skills and can embrace and adapt to a varied working day/week.

Qualifications required: GCSE maths and English A-C or Functional skills at level 2

A lot is expected of you within this kitchen, hard work, commitment, sometimes shift/hours of work changing at short notice. A positive attitude always.

Important Other Information

20 days paid holiday a year plus bank holidays. Most working weeks are Monday to Friday, days, straight shifts. Bank holidays are usually not worked, but can occur on occasion.

Employer Description
Welcome to The Patisserie Box… Handcrafted Quality Desserts for Commercial Businesses

The Patisserie Box based in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham offer a range of delicious desserts, perfect patisseries and cakes for both retail and trade customers. We specialise in creating ready-to-serve desserts for the hospitality and leisure industries. All produced by hand using top quality ingredients locally sourced.

Interested?- Please send your CV in the first instance direct to Xavier at: admin@contemporarycakedesigns.com and label your Subject as:
Pastry Chef Apprentice Application.

I look forward to helping you to build your career!

How to bake great cakes

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Xavier Pelloux- award winning Patissier, explains how to bake a great cake.

Xavier Pelloux- award winning Patissier, explains how to bake a great cake.Such is Xavier’s devotion to producing the finest pastries and cakes that he refuses to take short cuts that might make his life easier.

And while this may add a few extra hours to the processes involved in making his Continental-style treats, he says the difference in the taste, texture and appearance is well worth going the extra mile.

Xavier’s training equipped him to execute every aspect of the pâtissier’s art, including creating stunning croquembouches and exquisite wedding cakes, all of which are finished to incredibly high standards.

“You have to be a maniac to do this – it’s all about the detail,” says Xavier, as he applies tiny pieces of gold leaf to a batch of French-style opera cakes. “Pastry is more about science than cooking. Everything is carefully calculated – every ingredient is weighed out to the milligram – and there’s a reason for everything we do.”

“Precision is very important and I think that’s what sets us apart. Everything we do is made by hand.”

Xavier’s quest for perfection starts with the ingredients he uses, such as responsibly-sourced  sea salt from Anglesey, for which he makes the just over 400-mile round trip himself. At the same time he buys locally whenever possible, such as the freshly-laid eggs he gets from Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester.

“Everything in our products is made by us, whether this means making our own buttercream from English butter or separating eggs ourselves rather than buying in ready-to-use egg whites,” he explains.

“We get through at least 1,000 eggs every week. We buy locally as much as we can – we think it’s important to support the local economy – and I refuse to buy in anything that’s ready-made.”

“For me the ingredients are key and I always look for the freshest and best quality ones I can find.”

It took around three years to get the wedding cake business off the ground, but this aspect of the business was to prove to be just the tip of the iceberg when they heard in 2013 that the new Gloucester Services was looking to sell Continental-style pâtisserie.

Since then the bakery has gone from strength to strength, with Xavier and Bee taking on an apprentice and additional employees. They’re now planning a second kitchen to keep up with the demand and hope to take on a further trainee by the end of the year.

“We cannot keep up with the demand for the macaroons – as soon as we’ve made some there’s an order for more,” laughs Xavier.

“We’re now getting through five kilos of ground almonds a day. Sometimes I start work at 3am and finish at 10pm to keep up with demand, but I’m used to it: when I was a kid we always started early and I’ve never regretted it. It was a great way to acquire the knowledge and skills that keep me busy today.”

So if you would like an expert to bake you a stunning cake for your special date, birthday, wedding, anniversary, or occasion you can order your cake and contact Contemporary Cake Designs on 01242 252352 or click on the Contact Us button now:
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Contemporary Cakes designed by passionate experts

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The Swiss are renowned for precision and the award winning pâtissier Xavier Pelloux is no exception.

The Swiss are renowned for precision and the award winning pâtissier Xavier Pelloux is no exception.
Such is Xavier Pelloux at the Contemporary Cake Design devotion’s to producing the finest pastries and cakes that he refuses to take short cuts that might make his life easier.

And while this may add a few extra hours to the processes involved in making his Continental style treats, he says the difference in the taste, texture and appearance is well worth going the extra mile.

Customers at Gloucester Services certainly agree and have been voting with their feet since

Leckhampton based Contemporary Cake Designs began supplying sea salt caramel tarts, chocolate tarts, lemon tarts, raspberry eclairs, fraisier cakes, opera cakes, colourful macaroons  and a wide range of other goodies to the motorway services station.

Working as a pastry chef and chocolatier is a way of life for Xavier, 38, who began learning his trade when he was a teenager.

By 18 he had an impressive range of qualifications and left his native Switzerland to travel the world, working in New York and some of the UK’s most prestigious restaurants and shops, including Maison Blanc, The Ivy, The Hilton in Park Lane and Harrods. In fact he was working in the famous Knightsbridge store when he met his wife-to-be, Barbara, known as Bee, who worked in the decorated cakes department.

Xavier’s training equipped him to execute every aspect of the pâtissier’s art, including creating stunning croquembouches and exquisite wedding cakes, all of which are finished to incredibly high standards.

Xavier’s career began at a bakery/pastry shop around the corner from his parents in Switzerland.

“My mum used to take me there as a child and I loved the strawberry ice creams they served,” he says.
“I started my apprenticeship at 14: school had never really appealed to me. I had the basics but it was when I started a holiday job at my local bakery that things started to make sense.

“Fourteen was an unusually young age to be apprenticed and so I began with a pre-apprenticeship with the support of my parents. This meant that I was a fully qualified as a pastry chef before I was 18.

“Working abroad allowed me to develop my skills and work with some of the best people and finest ingredients.”

Xavier and Bee moved to Gloucestershire in 2005 to set up their own business specialising in wedding cakes, for which they created a kitchen that met their exacting standards.

“We built the kitchen from scratch; people thought we were nuts,” laughs Xavier. “I did the painting and tiling myself; our child had barely been born.”

So if you would like a stunning cake for your anniversary, wedding, special date or occasion you can order your cake and contact Contemporary Cake Designs on 01242 252352 or click on the Contact Us button now:
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