Bray, West Berkshire
After graduating from university in Japan in 1996, Hideko embarked on a career in teaching. It was here, whilst teaching home economics - cooking, nutrition and food science – that she truly fell in love with the world of gastronomy and made the decision to ensue her passion in professional cooking. In 2003 Hideko left home for London, to attend the famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu London where she graduated with distinction in 2005.
Praised by everyone for her innate talent with pastry, Hideko went on to work in some of the capital’s best restaurants, including 6 years at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. From joining as a student in 2003 as a trainee chef, she worked her way up to become Head Pastry Chef in 2009. That same year and wanting a new challenge, she took a position at The Connaught Hotel as Sous Pastry Chef where she was also in charge of Pastry at Hélèn Darroze at The Connaught.
In November 2010 she joined the team at the three Michelin Star The Fat Duck as Head Pastry Chef. Her unique skills and love of experimentation with desserts has made it the optimal fit. Responsible for the running of the pastry department, she also works closely with the Development Team on new desserts and chocolate work. Throughout her career, Hideko has won numerous awards, including “Winner of the Roussillon wine and dessert trophy” in 2007 and has participated as a juror for the “World Chocolate Masters - UK Selection” in September 2012.
This article is curated by Identità Golose, the publication that organises the international fine dining congress, publishes website www.identitagolose.com and the online Guida Identità Golose, on top of curating many other events in Italy and abroad
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Hideko Kawa, head pastry-chef at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, offers the audience a tasting of Botrytis cinerea, a dessert that reproduces a grape bunch. The three days in the Auditorium hall ended with the pastry-chefs of 5 restaurants, from France, Italy, United Kingdom and Spain: a total of 14 Michelin stars (photo by Alessandro Castiglioni)