World-famous Parisian boulanger-pâtissier Gontran Cherrier will open his first boulangerie and café in Melbourne on Saturday 18 June at 7am.
In celebration of the launch, Melbourne foodies, Francophiles and croissant-addicts are invited to enjoy a complimentary famous buttery, French croissant (while stocks last, of course).
The Smith Street boulangerie and café will feature Gontran’s legendary croissants, baguettes and signature black squid ink bread, as well as a saucisson and hazelnut bun, chocolate and cacao bread, honey ciabatta and other Australian native surprises designed by Gontran.
Highlights on the café menu include truffled cauliflower with Gruyere béchamel; spinach in miso and Rye bread; and a Japanese-inspired curry bun with crumbed pork, Tonkatsu sauce, kewpi mayo and slaw.
“I have had a lot of fun experimenting with different native Australian ingredients and can’t wait to see how the locals react to my twist on some French classics with an Aussie edge,” Gontran said.
The boulangerie and café features imported ovens from French company Bongard, imported French flour to keep the croissants sacred and an interior fit-out by Eades and Bergman. The all-important coffee will be roasted and brewed by global leaders, St Ali.
Pastry chef Kayte Perdrisat, who has more than 13 years’ experience creating buttery delights will help to unite modern Australian cuisine with classic French patisseries.
Kayte honed her pastry skills in a number of award-winning London restaurants including Paramount (Three Rosette) and The Greenhouse (one Michelin Star) as well as five-star luxury resort One&Only and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Matt Wilkinson’s protégé Travis Welch from Pope Joan and Circa the Prince will curate and create the café menu to keep Collingwood well-fed throughout the day. Travis will be adding his own touch to the café while still taking inspiration from the bakery.
The famous Frenchman will be in Melbourne throughout June and is available for interviews and photo opportunities upon request.
Gontran Cherrier Artisan Boulangerie and Café
140 Smith Street, Collingwood
Open 7 days from Saturday 18 June, 7am-6pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)