François Payard is a master pastry chef. We got to try some of his creations. We think he makes some of the greatest chocolate dishes in the world.
We got to go to FC Chocolate Bar in Manhattan. When we first walked in, the smell of rich chocolate filled the air. There were tables of two set up throughout the whole room. The chocolates were displayed in a refrigerated glass case.
We were invited to try some of Payard’s chocolate dishes. First, we got to try some macaroons. We tried chocolate marshmallow, raspberry and Oreo cookie. They were scrumptious! They had a crispy taste on the outside and a rich, creamy texture on the inside. They were the best macaroons we ever had.
Next, we tried iced milk “hot” chocolate. It was heaven in a cup. It was cold, but it still had a rich, chocolaty flavor. We next tried three pieces of chocolate. Our favorites were the mixed milk and dark chocolate and the praline. They were outstanding. They were so good, in fact, that you felt like you were eating natural cocoa beans, but 47 times better. They had a velvety texture and melted in your mouth.
Finally we tried the ice-cream sandwiches. We were speechless. We tried the strawberry cheesecake, raspberry and Mexican vanilla. We remember that Payard recommended we let them sit for five minutes to improve the flavor. They were very bold flavors and tasted like you were eating the frozen flavor of what they were named after.
Later, we got to interview Payard. We learned that it is very hard to become a pastry chef. It takes a lot of training and hard work over many years. He must be pretty good because he has received several awards from a foundation, magazines and the French government. He started work at age 13 helping his grandfather.
Overall, we give his chocolates a perfect 5!
You have to get there! FC Chocolate Bar, 714 Madison Ave., Manhattan. Call 212-759-1600 or check the website: fcchocolatebar.com.