Become a French patissier: WIN 1 of 3 copies of ‘100 Best Cakes & Desserts’

Become a French patissier: WIN 1 of 3 copies of '100 Best Cakes & Desserts' - My French Life - Ma Vie Francaise -

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Have you heard about Gabriel Gaté’s fabulous new cookbook, ‘100 best cakes & desserts’?

Well then, you’d better get up to speed.

Meet Gabriel Gaté, a French expat based in Melbourne, Australia. He began his culinary career in the Loire Valley as an apprentice, before moving to the French capital to work at a seafood restaurant.


With many successful cookbooks, why write another? Gaté told MaVieFrançaise® journalist Penny Moodie that he wishes to impart his love, appreciation and knowledge onto the people around him.

“Cooking is a wonderful skill to have. It is so essential to be able to control what you are eating and that’s very hard to do that if you are always eating out.

“… Sharing is [also] an integral part of life. It’s not always easy to make time to share your skills and teach your kids, but it’s important to encourage them.”


If you’re worried that it all sounds too complicated, then you have a sympathiser. Following her interview with Gaté, Penny decided it was time to tackle her baking demons.

Solution? A Gabriel Gaté-inspired office bake-off.

The verdict: “Not only were the desserts delicious, they were all relatively simple to make. There were no horror stories to report and each cake was devoured in a matter of minutes… This book is great for people of any level of baking expertise.”

If this all sounds too good to be true, you’ll just have to win a copy to find out for yourself…


WIN 1 of 3 copies of ‘100 Best Cakes & Desserts’

MaVieFrançaise® magazine and Hardie Grant Publishing would like to give three lucky members the chance to WIN a copy of Gabriel Gaté’s latest book: ‘100 Best Cakes & Desserts’.

To win, all you have to do is:

1. JOIN the Ma Vie Française® community for free and

2. In a COMMENT below this article, tell us your favourite French dessert, and why.

We will then select the best answer as our winner at 11.59pm AEST, Saturday 16th February 2013.

Bonne chance !

All images courtesy Hardie Grant Publishing

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  1. rosss12 Feb 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    Canelé. I’d never seen these custardy little treats before going to France but once I tried one I couldn’t resist having one every day of our trip. For the sake of my waistline I deliberately have not looked for them back in Australia – instead I’m dreaming of indulging again on our next trip to France.

  2. flaneuse Feb 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM - Reply

    Favorite French dessert? Cannelé! What an incredible story behind their creation! I had never seen these before moving to Paris and it was love at first bite when I experienced first the crunchiness of the outer shell, followed by the moist, squidgy interior! I even tried to make them for my family back in Australia – this was a great success and taste even better when accompanied with red wine!

  3. pdjenkins007 Feb 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    Creme Brulee ! Darlings the closer you get to Paris the Better it Tastes! Absolutley Divine

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