I love sweets. Especially beautifully plated desserts.
What is your current position?
Chef Mame Sow - I am currently a consulting pastry chef for different restaurants and hotels in NY, LA and Miami.
Where did you get your education from?
MS - I attended the International Culinary Center.
How has culture played a part in the ingredients you use in your pastries?
MS - I grew up in Senegal eating classic French desserts such as millefeuiles, and eclairs. For me I try to use ingredients that aren't as prevalent in pastries and desserts in the ones I create. It's also a way for me to introduce people to my culture.
|Sweet Corn Crema, Nata de Coco, Peaches|
MS - My food philosophy is to always be grateful for the ability to work with an ingredient and elevate it.
MS - I'm always testing out different types of sugars or sweeteners such as agave, maple syrup, maple sugar, coconut sugars to use instead of regular sugar. I think those alternates add more depth and flavors than regular sugar would.
You have a very interesting upbringing. Tell us about that and how has that shaped you as a pastry chef?
MS - I was born and raised in Senegal West Africa. I used to always help my aunt in the kitchen while she was cooking, peeling vegetables and going to the markets with her. At the time I didn't think I would become a pastry chef. I actually wanted to be an architect. It wasn't until high school that I decided that becoming a pastry chef is what I wanted.
Where do you go for a no fail meal?
MS - There's a Senegalese restaurant in Harlem that I go to whenever I'm in NY. It has the most amazing roasted chicken and it never disappoints.
Your husband is a chef too. How do you guys find time in between all this cooking and baking?
MS - We try to have at least one day off together to do just mundane things and spend time together or plan something special.
|Chef Mame's Salted Caramels|
Whats your food related guilty pleasure?
MS - I can't go a day without eating a piece of chocolate.
Finish this sentence..... " I will never eat".....
MS - TRIPE!!! I'll try everything else at least once but that.
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