Manuel Martinez is a celebrated chef known for his gourmet restaurant Le Relais Louis XIII, which has earned two Michelin stars. For those who want to taste some of Martinez’s creations without the hefty bill that comes with eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant, a new pastry shop has just been opened by the talented cuisinier. The pastry shop is called La Maison du Chou, and it is dedicated to one of the most French food creations in existence: the creme puff.
Cream puff, profiterole, choux à la crème — this light and tasty pastry is known by many names, but it is unmistakably French. Choux pastry, which was created in the 16th century, was ironically the invention of an Italian pastry chef who was part of the entourage of Catherine de Medici, the wife of the French king Henri II. Following its conception in France, this delicious dough was perfected by French pastry chef Jean Avice and given the name ‘pâte à choux’ (‘choux pastry’).
After this, it was only a matter of time before the dough began to pop up in a variety of desserts, like eclairs, gougères and of course, cream puffs. For a long time, it was the eclair that dominated the imagination of pastry chefs, who have clambered to top each other with new and inventive flavor combinations. Thanks to La Maison du Chou, it is now time for the cream puff to be the center of attention.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier should take advantage of their stay in Paris to try this new and exciting pastry shop.
Open since April 2, 2013, La Maison du Chou is nestled in the charming Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. The innovative concept of the store involves serving cream puffs in a way that is not often done: made to order and prepared on the spot. Customers can choose from a variety of cream fillings that take advantage of in-season products. Current fillings include coffee, chocolate, rose and litchi. And of course, the plain cream filling always remains an option.
La Maison du Chou
7 rue de Furstenberg, 75006
Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.