A TASTE OF PARIS WITH YANN BLANCHARD
Foothills Creamery is pleased to be associated with Yann Blanchard, founder and owner of Yann Haute Patisserie in downtown Calgary. His beautifully manicured shop is located at 329 23 Ave. S.W. This yellow house on the corner has a colourful, unique aesthetic that sets it apart from other businesses on the block.
Once you enter the four walls of Yann Haute Patisserie it becomes clear why he is the only Canadian accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive French association, Relais Desserts. Relais Desserts consist of roughly 96 chefs from all over the world who share common values about their business and are eager to expand their skills, experiences and knowledge on a continuous basis. The select few who have the honor of being a part of this association strive to excel in what they do by sharing, experimenting and exchanging ideas during their bi-annual meetings in Paris. To remain part of Relais Desserts a chef must adhere to the ongoing assessment of but are not limited to the following:
1. Must operate a sustainable business for a minimum of three year.
2. Pastries must have impeccable presentation and taste.
3. Staff must be in proper uniform that is clean and professional.
4. Knowledge from all staff must be to the highest standard.
5. Kitchen must be extremely clean, organized and tidy.
Yann Haute Patisserie’s offers all kinds of delicious desserts including cakes, macarons, chocolates, croissants, delicious unique spreads and more! Yann says the hard work and dedication he puts into his business each and every day never stops and it’s all bounded together with passion. “It’s a hard job. If you don’t have passion for your craft it’s hard to keep going, once you get the recognition, you don’t stop there. You need to keep going and make sure you are keeping up with the standards,” Blanchard says. For those who may not be familiar with the term Relais Desserts it’s an association of great professionals.
Blanchard strives to create a product that people cannot put down. Some may call it an addiction but he says it simply reflects his passion for his products. Butter is a crucial part of Blanchard’s recipes and he will not compromise quality. Foothills Creamery is thrilled to be able to provide Yann Haute Patisserie with high butter. Blanchard and his team of chefs take great pride in making everything, including all ingredients, from scratch. He says education is huge when it comes to promoting his business and proper staff training is very important. Blanchard respectfully promotes transparency and plans to help educate his customers on Yann Haute Patisserie and Relais Desserts in the near future. It’s not common to have so many talented pastry chefs’ together, learning and sharing at the same time. This is what makes Relais Desserts so unique and influential.
Currently, Yann Haute Patisserie has been open for 9 year and Blanchard continues to learn and improve his practice anyway he can. He says his most famous product tends to be his macaron; Pistachio, Hazelnut and Caramel have proved themselves to be the most popular among his customers.