The genial patissier, Chef Nitin Upadhyay, was always pleasantly plump and when he thought of opening his very own patisserie, the obvious name he thought of was Fat Guyy. It does call to mind a roly-poly baker, surrounded by couverture, croissants and cookies all wafting delicious fragrances from the oven. However, so stressful was the move from hotel kitchens to his own small kitchen with a skeleton staff, that Chef Upadhyay lost a lot of weight. So that, all first-time customers ask where the Fat Guyy is and are nonplussed at the reply!
Jaipur is extremely lucky to have a world-class patissier cum boulanger in their city. There is no comparable place in Delhi outside a deluxe hotel. Upadhyay has been involved with the pastry kitchen for 27 years, during which time, he has trained with and been inspired by world renowned figures.
Any child will tell you that he or she wants to bake cakes and live in a gingerbread house, playing with fondant, creating flowers, nibbling on marzipan fruit and frogs in place of (real) vegetables and salad. That is the magic of the pastry kitchen for you, and the wonder of it all is that Chef Upadhyay still retains the magic of a child in a chocolate forest.
Every evening is spent poring over his recipe books to find a suitably complicated recipe for an Austrian cake that he learnt a decade ago and the entire day whizzes by in his well-appointed kitchen surrounded by the whiff of whole-wheat croissants and cracked wheat loaves. But what really gives this chef a high is when customers come visiting in the hope of picking up a ‘plain vanilla’ cake but are intrigued enough into ordering a green tea, passion fruit and chocolate cake with sprayed on frosting.
Jaipur’s What’s App customers reportedly have a high percentage of images of innovative cakes that do the rounds, until they are traced back to the original Fat Guyy.
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