My name is Danielle Maupertuis, I am a Belgian Vegan Pastry Chef (meaning I was baptised in chocolate!). I have worked for 5 stars hotels as Executive Pastry Chef in the UK (Marriott, Red Carnation Luxury Hotels) and abroad: Greece, Lebanon …including “the Beirut Marriott Hotel”, the first international 5 stars hotel opened after the Lebanese civil war. Given daily power cuts, we had to prepare our first wedding banqueting by candle lights!
I have won several gold and silver medals in international competitions (plated desserts, showpieces, buffets, petits fours). Among them the “Salon Culinaire de la Gastronomie au Liban” with an international jury.
A few years ago, as a Pastry Chef, I was struggling to offer our vegan guests a decent choice of desserts. When a choice was offered (and it usually consisted in a fruit salad or sorbet!) it still suffered from a pour presentation and disappointing taste.
This is what enticed me to create my own range of vegan desserts, focused on taste and presentation.
The need for a cookbook became obvious. This, in turn, motivated me to create my first cookbook “Vegans deserve better than a fruit salad”, Olympia Publishers 2020.
With more than 60 recipes, I will convince you Vegan desserts are easy to make, taste yummy and look fantastic!
About my activities
Tutor at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, Altrincham, I run a vegan pastry training for Chefs, part of the “Professional Chef’s Diploma”.
I publish articles and recipes in vegan magazines (Vegan Living, Simply Vegan) and on professional websites (Yumgo.fr, the Vegan Society.com).)
I present talks and demos in the main Vegan shows in the UK (Just V Show,Vegfest,Vegan Life Live)
I propose online courses for Beginners and Professionals.
“I am in heaven, when I can share my passion for Vegan Pastry, meeting new people becoming friends…”