Saturday Sweets: Antonio Bachour announces next project for 2018
Remember that time I literally stalked the opening of Antonio Bachour’s last project? Well, get ready for that to happen again the second quarter of 2018. Pastry chef Antonio Bachour has just announced he will be opening a bakery, restaurant, and pastry academy bearing his name in the heart of Downtown Coral Gables. The new Bachour bakery and restaurant will soon be the ideal place for power breakfasts and special lunches, and must go to eatery for Sunday brunch.
The new bakery will call 2020 Salzedo, a mixed-use office, residential and retail project by developer Codina Partners, home. It will also be the only location for Bachour’s Florida culinary operations. Currently, Bachour is baking out of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort where he previously worked and further cemented himself as one of the country’s boldest pastry talents. You know, when he isn’t traveling the world teaching amazing pastry classes with his pastry chef Karina Rivera, who we already know I adore as well.
I can hardly contain my excitement for this new venture - especially because it’s so much closer to home for me. I got the chance to chat with the always busy chef about his new concept.
Here’s a quick recap:
1. What are you most excited about with the new space?
The most exciting is that it is located in an iconic building, 2020 Salzedo. Inside the building there is a palm court that is perfect for our afternoon tea menu.
2. How will Bachour Bakery be different from anything you've done so far?
It will be something I have never done before. New concept, new menu, new ideas .... we want it to be a unique experience for our clients. It will be a wow factor experience !
3. As a home baker, I'm really excited about the pastry academy - will any one be able to sign up for classes? Or will you have a few specific classes the public can sign up for? Will you be teaching all of the classes or bringing in guest chefs as well?
The classes will be for everybody. Of course I will be teaching, plus I have already talked with a few international pastry chefs that have confirmed for the 2018 schedule.
4. I'm a huge fan of Karina's and know her favorite thing to make is macarons - what's your absolute favorite type of pastry to make? And why?
I love to make plated desserts. I love the flavor combinations and the plating skills that are required. I think that plated desserts are more complex than any other desserts.
“Downtown Coral Gables’ mix of modern metropolitan offerings and unique, historic charm made it the ideal location for me to call home,” said Bachour. “My vision for the bakery aligns perfectly with the Codina Partners offering at 2020 Salzedo, and I look forward to bringing it to life.”
I’m looking forward to them bringing it to life as well. 2018 can’t get here fast enough!