Served in the Mirror Room of Rosewood Hotel, this new afternoon tea in London includes pastries inspired by Picasso’s famous works of art.
I am often impressed by sweet creations made by talented pastry chefs in great hotels worldwide. This, recently launched, afternoon tea in London is a one-of-a-kind ritual inspired by Picasso’s most notable works.
The art afternoon tea takes inspiration from The Royal Academy’s newest exhibition ‘Picasso and Paper and is served at the Mirror Room in Rosewood Hotel London. Blending English heritage with contemporary sophistication, Rosewood London is amongst London’s finest luxury hotels with the ambiance of a stylish London residence. As for the exquisitely designed and intimate Mirror Room, it is a jewel box of a dining room with floor-to-ceiling decorative mirrors, low lighting and lounge-style seating.
Rosewood London’s Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has curated beautiful pastries that draw on Picasso’s greatest influences. Perkins has selected elements of Cubism and Surrealism to cleverly inform the collection of pastries.
Oh Those Guitars (1921)
Drawing on the Cubism art period — one of the greatest revolutions in European art — this sweet treat alludes to the popular guitar motif manifested throughout Picasso’s work.
Perkins has accentuated this in pastry form with imitation guitar strings and chocolate decorations adorning the cake in multiple directions. This symbolises Cubism which famously deconstructed conventional modes of thought. Aptly recreating Picasso’s artistic revolution in pastry form, Oh Those Guitars will have light and airy sponge made with meringue and infused with colourful orange blossom and honey ganache. Topped with Turron flavoured whipped chocolate cream, the Spanish nougat flavour is a nod to Picasso’s heritage.
The Dream (1932)
The Dream was inspired by Picasso’s 22-year-old mistress who he painted one afternoon in 1932. Famed for its distorted depictions and bright contrasting colours, Perkin’s incarnation of the sculpture as a pastry has an assortment of flavourings and textures to reflect Picasso’s interchangeable artistic styles.
The Dream will take the form of a delectable Valrhona Jivara chocolate mousse with orange genoise and mango jelly with passion fruit. The Dream draws on the Surrealist style, which supported a revolution against the constraint of the rational mind.
Head of a Woman (1961)
Paying homage to Picasso’s love of sculpture, Head of a Woman combines different materials and objects together.
Viewed by many as one of the seminal works of Cubism, Head of a Woman is inspired by Picasso’s summer in the Spanish mountains. Perkins has innovatively brought the three-dimensional nature of the sculpture to life in culinary form. Combining pistachio crumb with citrus vanilla cheese and a sweet wild strawberry filling, the textural layers and sweet flavours will be a treat to any palate.
In addition, Perkins has created several other pastries to accompany the tea. These are inspired by classic Spanish pastries and nod to other significant pieces in Picasso’s portfolio. One of those is the Bull’s Eye.
Inspired by Picasso’s sculptural art — turning everyday objects into mesmerising sculptures — this pastry has a chocolate meringue cone flavoured with cherry blossom and creme.
Art afternoon tea is a tradition of Rosewood London
Rosewood London’s Art Afternoon Tea is inspired by London’s vibrant and energetic art scene. Served within the elegant Mirror Room, the art-inspired afternoon tea includes a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by art-inspired pastries, created by Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins.
Let’s remember some past themes of the art afternoon tea served in Rosewood London
Info: The Picasso Art Afternoon Tea will be available from Monday 3rd February and end on Monday 31st August. It is available weekdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.