Source: Get It Joburg North
By: Candice May
Chef Martin Ferreira of Café Patisse may be crowned the king of eclairs, but that doesn’t mean this pastry guru is a one-hit wonder. From life-size gingerbread houses to upside down chandelier cakes suspended from the ceiling on sugar “crystals”, everything that comes out of his patisserie is OTT (over the top) in the best possible way.
He completed the City & Guilds Diploma in Patisserie at the Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Sandton campus. It was after a visit to France that he decided to open a one-of-a-kind patisserie back home. Chef Martin worked at Les Delice de France in Florida North before he saved up enough to open Café Patisse. When he bought the premises in Wynberg it was a blank canvas. Now it is a 400 square metres state-of-the-art kitchen of his dreams.
Café Patisse started off as a wholesale cake shop, which quickly turned into a fully-fledged café. Chef Martin started out by taking orders and supplying mini desserts to hotels for high teas. Customers then started asking him to serve tea, coffee, breakfast and lunch along with his baked items. Soon after that customers were able to sit down and order a pot of tea and a buttery croissant or a quiche and relax. Café Patisse’s menu also included more daring items like snail vol-au-vents. Customers are also welcome to just go and try out samples of this bakery’s designer eclairs and strawberry frangipane tartlets or the chocolate cheesecake.
When asked about his most over the top cake he described a R20 000 upside down chandelier cake, a tiered wedding cake that hangs from the ceiling on sugar crystals like a chandelier. He further describes this as the most challenging and stressful.
In his free time Chef Martin enjoys spending time with his two dogs, playing PS4 and Pokemon Go and calls himself “a kid at heart”. Chef Martin is planning on opening up a second and even more over the top patisserie this time next year.
28 Andries Street, Wynberg, Johannesburg. 011 026 0411 @CafePatisse