Last week, I interviewed our friend Chiama, who runs une pâtisserie (pastry/cake shop) out of her home in Northern Virginia. Her pâtisserie, Pastry_shayshay, has some of the most delicious pastries we at French in DC have ever tasted, and we are excited to share Chiama’s interview with you.
French in DC: How recently did you start Pastry_shayshay?
Chiama: I started it pretty recently actually, and I was doing well before the outbreak hit. Despite challenges, I really enjoy what I do, and I love sharing my passion for French baking with clients.
French in DC: What sort of pastries do you make?
Chiama: We make lots of cakes, pies, macaroons, mousse, brioche, and all kinds of delicious treats. We only prepare authentic French desserts, so you can be sure that you have a real taste of France when you taste our pastries.
French in DC: How long ago did you come to the United States, and what region of France are you from?
I came here about a year ago, and I am originally from Montpellier. (Montpellier is a town found in the South of France, close to the Mediterranean Sea).
French in DC: What did you do for a living when you were in France?
Chiama: I worked in a boulangerie (a bakery that specializes in bread) for about 5 years in Montpellier.
French in DC: What are your favorite desserts to prepare at Pastry_shayshay?
Chiama: I would say chocolat fondant (molten chocolate cake) and a pie with strawberry cream.
French in DC: What is one thing you would like your customers to know about Pastry shayshay?
Chiama: I would like them to know that I want them to be able to discover French pastries, and learn about different flavors and textures. If I can make them discover something that they have never tried before, and they find something that they like, I’ll be very happy!
Send a message to Pastry_shayshay on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Pastry_shayshay-108293277536357/ and check out pictures of their treats on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pastry_shayshay/