Pierre Hermé, the so-called "Picasso of Pastry" or "Dior of Desserts'" was born into a family of pâtissiers in Alsace. After a six-year apprenticeship to the legendary Gaston Lenôtre in Paris, he worked at Fauchon and Ladurée before launching his own brand in 1997 with Charles Znaty. Pierre Hermé Paris, a member of Comité Colbert, now employs 500 people and has 45 boutiques in 10 countries, including three in London. He is the only pastry chef to have been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. His latest book, Macarons, is the definitive guide to macarons.
Pierre Hermé Macarons is out now, £27.99 (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), available at Amazon.