Le Favart, a pastry creation
As all good patisseries offer a famous cake named Opéra, it is only fair that after 300 years of existence the Opéra Comique has its own cake! Charles-Simon Favart, the son of a pastry-cook and Mlle de Chantilly’s husband, deserved such a cake. The opera house will celebrate its 301st anniversary by launching a pastry contest with La Maison Lenôtre.
Competition for a pastry creation: lend a hand and concoct the Favart cake recipe with La Maison Lenôtre and the Opéra Comique.
Music lovers and faithful patrons, artists and gourmets, aficionados and specialists of the Opéra Comique will be invited to imagine the criteria for the pastry foundations of Le Favart. The most relevant criteria will be included in the specifications of the recipe. A jury composed of pastry chefs from Lenôtre, orchestra conductors, some Meilleurs Ouvriers de France and artists familiar with the Opéra Comique will select the best creation which will become Le Favart.
Competition for a pastry creation: lend a hand and concoct the Favart cake recipe with La Maison Lenôtre and the Opéra Comique
Creating a cake inspired by the Opéra Comique, such was the idea launched when the theater closed its doors in 2015 for 18 months of refurbishment. To concoct the Favart, a pastry in the image of our house to be savored on the reopening in February 2017, Lenôtre appeared as the ideal partner for this new challenge and accepted immediately. February is perfect timing as it coincides with Valentine’s Day and the 2017 season’s first production, Fantasio, a love story. We wish to carry out this special task with you, faithful patrons of the Opéra Comique, gourmets and gastronomes: imagine a cake whose essence would reflect the character of the Opéra Comique, calling to mind its productions through its taste and consistency. You can participate in this pastry adventure! All you need to do is to answer the following questionnaire and express those words that come to your mind when thinking of our opera house.
By participating you may win one of three prizes:
- A pastry class
- Invitation for two persons to the first performance of Fantasio on 12 February 2017 and first opportunity to savor the Favart.
- Invitation for four persons to La Princesse Légère, a production for the family in March 2017
- Laurent Le Fur, Directeur Général – Membre du Directoire de la Maison Lenôtre
- Guy Krenzer, Chef Exécutif & Directeur de la Création de la Maison Lenôtre
- Philippe Soille, Directeur des Activités de Retail de la Maison Lenôtre
- Jean-Christophe Jeanson, Chef Pâtissier de la Maison Lenôtre
- Christophe Gaumer, Chef Création Sucrée de la Maison Lenôtre
- Sabine Devieilhe, soprano
- Stéphane Degout, baryton
- Louise Moaty, metteur en scène
- Raphael Pichon, chef d’orchestre
After 300 years of existence, the Opéra Comique, also known as Salle Favart, has endured a big gastronomic injustice for sixty years: when all good patisseries offer the famous cake named opéra, none has ever made a cake named opéra comique! Yet, everything predestined our theater to give its name to a cake.
The father of librettist Charles-Simon Favart – who gave his name to the Opéra Comique auditorium – was a famous eighteenth century pâtissier who perfected and updated medieval pastries called échaudés. After his father’s death, Charles-Simon Favart was still young and took over the family business at Rue de la Verrerie in Paris. While making échaudés and paying off his father’s debts, he simultaneously continued to write poetry and libretti which gave him the opportunity to collaborate with the best composers and made him one of the most popular theater and opéra comique authors of his time. Besides, in 1743 as stage manager at the Opéra Comique, he met his future wife, the actress Justine Duronceray, nicknamed Mademoiselle Chantilly! This witty woman, an author and talented actress, was so instrumental in the success of the troupe that the Favarts became a theatrical legend in their lifetime.
All this should inspire the greatest French pâtissiers to create a new cake in honor of the Favarts.
The Opéra Comique and Lenôtre are joining forces to concoct this new cake.
A week of national public consultation will begin on October 1st. Music lovers and faithful patrons, artists and gourmets, enthusiasts and specialists of the Opéra Comique will be invited to imagine the elements for the pastry foundations of the Favart. The most relevant criteria will be included in the specifications of the recipe. A jury composed of pastry chefs from Lenôtre, orchestra conductors, some Meilleurs Ouvriers de France and artists familiar with the Opéra Comique will select the best creation.
The Favart, developed between mid-October and mid-December in Lenôtre’s workshops, will be available on Valentine’s Day.