Meet Chef Prateek Bakhtiani, Head Chef at Ether Atelier Chocolat
Born and raised in Mumbai, Prateek was always told by his grandmother that boys don’t enter the kitchen. A graduate in Biochemistry from University of Washington, Seattle, his entry into chocolate wasn’t exactly intentional. However, a twist of fate led him to take a year off before pursuing his PhD,
which would have committed him to a life in academia. Moving to Ireland to study with Pastry Chef extraordinaire Rachel Allen and Sommelier Colm McCann, in three months, Prateek realized his passion lay in dessert and chocolate even though he very much loved Chemistry. Later that year, he moved to Paris, where he studied at Le Cordon Bleu and subsequently staged at Le Meurice with Cedric Grolet. A desire to learn more about chocolate, he travelled to Antwerp, Belgium and worked at T’Zilte.
Ether launched in 2018 and in the short span of a year, Prateek has collaborated with Café Zoe, to create a seasonal dessert menu whereby he took inspiration from the bountiful fruits that grow in India. He was then approached by two coffee brands; Blue Tokai where he developed coffee based tarts based on various coffee bean roasts. With Koinonia coffee roasters he designed a Christmas pastry specials menu. The Vault Biennale invited Prateek, to create a range of spirited chocolates and conduct a chocolate workshop; he talked about pairing spirits with single origin chocolates.
When Prateek is not hiding away in his atelier, he is devoting time to his other passions, rowing, appreciating cinema and learning more about wine.
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