Celebrated patissier Emmanuel Mollois was born in France's Loire Valley and grew up in Vendee. At 15 years old, his passion for eating became a passion for cooking. After completing an apprenticeship in cooking, Emmanuel worked his way up through various restaurants in France until he decided to move to Paris. After five years working in highly-rated gourmet restaurants specializing in pastry making, he and partner Gordana decided to travel the world, where destiny took them to Australia. As head pastry chef at The Loose Box in Mundaring, Emmanuel won numerous awards. In 2000, he created the award-winning Le Paris Brest Patisserie Francaise in Perth's hills before deciding to move closer to the ocean. From 2003 until 2012, he owned and ran the Choux Cafe patisserie in Swanbourne - crowned 'best in the west' by the Sunday Times. In 2012, Emmanuel joined with his long-time friend (and owner of The Loose Box) Alain Fabregues to open Bistro des Artistes, an authentic French bistro in Subiaco. Master the art of French baking with this wonderful cookbook by Emmanuel. It is the definitive guide for lovers of French pastries and desserts. Under his lively tutelage, anyone - from the curious home cook to the passionate pastry chef - can apply the techniques of the masters to create classic and delicious cakes, biscuits, pastries, desserts, macarons, tarts, and even the infamous croquembouche. Considered a high end French cooking 'masterclass' that instructs from the basics through to the most advanced creations, Patissier points toward a new direction that Emmanuel's art is taking him, and it highlights his passion for reviving traditional French methods. The recipes accommodate contemporary nutritional trends, such as less sugar, less cream, more fruits, bitter chocolate, and gluten free options. Patissier will be a staple for everyone's pantry.