10-03-2018 05:04 PM
Last week, we held our second Connect Live regional pop-up event in Lima, Peru. During the event, pastry chef Victor Tarazona hosted a baking workshop. He taught Lima Local Guides to decorate their own sweets—and each one of them went home with a beautifully decorated dessert.
Victor graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Peru before opening his own bakery, Sugarlab, in Lima. At Sugarlab, Victor and his team specialize in creating extravagant, artfully made custom cakes. They also make elaborate chocolate sculptures and delicious pastries.
“I am and have always been an art enthusiast,” Victor told us. “As a kid, I wanted to study art, but was not allowed to do so. So, as soon as I finished my baking [courses], I decided I would mix what I learned with my other passion—art. That's how I started playing with custom cakes and developed my own style.”
We recently caught up with Victor to learn more about his experience as a pastry chef and his favorite places to get dessert.
How and when did you first become interested in making pastries?
My mother is also a pastry chef, so since I was a little kid, I used to be with her while she was baking and supporting our family. As I grew older and started cooking school, I had a need to learn more about pastries.
Why did you decide to open Sugarlab?
I had a couple businesses before that did not fulfill me. After a couple months resting, I decided I would start mixing what I knew with what I loved [and opened Sugarlab].
You host workshops at Sugarlab that anyone can sign up for. What do you hope attendees will learn from your workshops?
I hope they can have fun creating and mixing some of our signature techniques and flavours, and realize that baking is a relaxing and artistic experience.
What do you think is the most challenging part of running a bakery?
Probably at the beginning, making your customers understand your style, your ideas, and to satisfy their needs. Also, finding good, capable, and loyal employees that can make your business grow as a single force.
What are some of your favorite places to buy desserts?
What advice do you have for people who are new to baking?
You have to fail many times in order to understand what you are baking. Baking is a long and patient process full of little tricks and tips. You will develop your own style and flavours only if you try many and fail a lot at the beginning. Failing is good. :)
Do you love baking? What’s your favorite place to get dessert in your area? Tell us in the comments below!