Eric Lanlard is a master patissier. Since arriving in the UK two decades ago the Frenchman has changed the face of British patisserie, earning himself a reputation for inspirational cakes and an A-list clientele.
Twice winner of the Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards, Eric’s unique combination of craftsmanship and unbridled creativity has made him the premier cake-maker for celebrity events, including the weddings of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Claudia Schiffer and Elizabeth Hurley. With numerous television appearances Eric is now an established food celebrity in his own right.
Eric’s illustrious career began at the respected Le Grand Patisserie, Brittany; where he was voted Best Apprentice Patissier and went on to study the craft of Chocolatier with Arens-Scheer in Luxembourg. When called up for national service, Eric took up position as Captain’s pastry chef aboard the French flagship Jeanne D’Arc, where he cooked for world dignitaries, including President Mitterrand.
In 1989 Eric was handpicked by Albert and Michel Roux and brought to London, where he was quickly promoted to run their entire Patisserie business. Eric stayed for six years, during which time he established his own ambitions and vision that would later revolutionise patisserie in the UK. Laboratoire 2000 was established in 1995, bringing a fresh new style to the bakeries of London’s leading retailers, restaurants and caterers.
“I wanted to bring together the traditional French crafts of Patisserie and Chocolatier with my own vision to radically change patisserie creations making them fun and personalised.”
Aware that there was a demand for the same inspirational cakes created on a bespoke basis, Eric launched Savoir Design in 2000, taking direct commissions for fabulous and stylish celebration cakes.
In May 2007 he launched Cake Boy a retail emporium housed in a luxury housing riverside development in South West London. Eric’s new space includes a “cake lounge” and a high tech and beautifully designed cookery school.
For more information, visit http://www.cake-boy.co.uk/