March Devour 2019

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The Bakery Issue

Divine Guidance What inspires Utah’s best dessert makers? Reading, travel and chocolate

e all seek inspiration in our daily work and life and often look to others to spark our next big idea. So, who or what do Utah’s best bakers and pastry chefs consult when they need inspiration for their next sugary confection or spongy dough? We chatted with three talented women who share their thoughts on their inspired creations.

Romina Rasmussen

Romina Rasmussen Les Madeleines

“I find much inspiration by traveling,” explains Romina Rasmussen, owner and pastry chef at Les Madeleines, whose French-style café celebrated 15 years in business this past December. “Whether it’s my annual trip to Paris or somewhere new. Traveling clears my head, and I find that getting away gets the creative juices flowing.” Rasmussen recalls that the “madeleines” in the Les Madeleines logo are based on a railing she saw at Le Bon Marché in Paris. She is adept at finding inspiration in things she experiences on every trip, whether it’s a flavor combination that she’s encountered or a bit of architecture. Finally, Rasmussen takes time to actively hone her craft. “I try to take classes every year to refresh my skills and sometimes pick up new techniques I can apply at Les Madeleines.”

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Les Madeleines 216 E. 500 South, SLC 801-355-2294 LesMadeleines.com