Patrick Lézé Palm Beach: Master Patisserie Is Back and Better Than Ever After Battling Cancer
Sure, we have cronuts, but who do you think invented the namesake croissant and doughnut anyway (actually, they call them beignets, but whatev)?
Since the days of Marie Antoine Carême (1784-1833), the world's first celebrity chef, the French have been churning out delicate and elaborate pastries fit to serve even the most distinguished palates. Carême cooked for Napolean, George IV, and gourmand Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.
Although the average layperson is more than happy to throw a Krispy Kreme in his mouth, it's nice to indulge those sugar cravings with something worth the calories.
South Floridians now have an authentic French option at Patrick Lézé Palm Beach.
Lézé opened the pâtisserie with his wife, Elodie, and partner Thierry Beaud in early November.
Sara Ventiera Patrick Leze and Thierry Beaud
A master patisserie, Lézé underwent extensive culinary training and certification in his native France -- to open your own shop over there, you must be a practicing baker for years before taking a weeklong certification test.
In addition to fresh-baked breads and croissants, the patisserie serves delicate desserts like eclairs; macarons; Napoleans, thin layers of puff pastry between sweet pastry custard; Saint Honore, puff pastry with pastry cream, cream puffs dipped in caramel; house-made chocolates; and truffles.
The shop also offers specialty cakes by order as well as holiday specials like gingerbread houses, buches de noel, and kings cake.
In addition to sweet treats, the shop offers coffees, teas, and a selection of savory sandwiches, like the croque monsieur ($6.50) with salad; salmon ($10.50), lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, egg, salmon, red onion, mayo with chips; paté ($8.50) with French pickles; salads like the niçoise ($10.50), lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, tuna, cucumber, red onions, black olives, anchovies; Italian ($8.50) with lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto, and optional prosciutto ($1.50); and quiche.