Interview with Tal Spiegel from Desserted in Paris
Global Blue interviews Tal Spiegel, the founder of Desserted in Paris, who talks about the inspiration behind his hugely popular pastry Instagram page, his favourite shoe shops in the French capital and where to get the best macarons in the city
You are a graphic designer turned chef-pâtissier ‒ what made you move to Paris?
It was my love of pâtisserie. While I was a graphic designer I was baking and learning about pâtisserie and I knew when the time came I wanted to come to Paris, the source of all desserts, so I could study and work here, exploring and learning from the best.
What made you start Desserted in Paris?
When I moved to Paris to learn pâtisserie making, I wanted to explore this new world and I was looking for a way to catalogue every dessert I tried, in terms of flavours, textures, appearance, composition and colour. I had brought my shoe collection from Tel Aviv and one day I noticed the dessert I bought matched the colour of my shoes. I took a photo and posted it on my Instagram page. I got a lot of reactions to it, so I tried it again, and again ‒ and the rest is history.
Your Instagram page is a fabulous mix of shoes and desserts. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Thank you very much. I’ve never really counted them but I assume around 150 ...
Where are your favourite places to buy shoes in Paris?
There are many places that inspire me, such as Maison Galet and Bobbies ‒ and basically everywhere I can find colourful, graphic shoes.
You have documented more than 500 photos of stunning pastries and cakes on your Instagram page. What are your all-time favourite pâtisseries in Paris?
That’s always a hard question, as I don’t have one favourite. I love exploring and discovering new pâtisseries. Usually when I go to a certain area I make sure I pass by all the pâtisseries.
Macarons are one of the most popular French desserts. Where are the best places for macarons in the city?
Well, my all-time favourite ‒ and an obvious choice ‒ is Pierre Hermé. I love the flavours he brings to life. It’s always magical.
What has been your favourite Parisian dessert? Where is the best place to get it?
My favourite dessert is the lemon tart. I love the one in Gérard Mulot, where I used to work. I used to eat it so much.
What are your must-dos during a weekend in Paris?
Pack a basket of goodies and go to Parc des Buttes Chaumont for a picnic, or go to Bercy for a movie and a burger at Five Guys. On Sunday I always prefer to chill and take it easy over brunch in one of the hotels.
Which are your favourite arrondissements in Paris and why?
I guess I would have to say the third, the Marias area. I can go around these streets for hours exploring new places.
You have documented hundreds of amazing pastries from some of the best pâtisseries in Paris. Other than pastry shops, where are your favourite eateries and restaurants in the capital?
Oh wow, I love talking about food. I love udon [noodles], for example, so I tend to visit Sanukiya a lot ‒ it’s is all handmade and such an amazing comfort food. If I miss home, I go to Miznon for the best pita in town, and the cauliflower, which is the greatest ever. I also love eating French tapas at L’Avant Comptoir; I can’t get enough of their croquettes