DUE BY DOLCE: MY BAKE-OFF ADVENTURE WITH DOLCE HOTELS & RESORTS BY WYNDHAM
You may have noticed some exciting bake-off action on my Instagram story recently. I am happy to report that following a fun and dynamic afternoon at the Waitrose Cookery School, I can now successfully bake Italian biscotti! True to form, following this event, I had a client meeting at The Polo Bar in Mayfair, followed by an evening event at William & Son. Naturally, I had to explain why I had biscotti remnants in my hair multiple times…
The event was powered by Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham, who have since announced the launch of Due by Dolce, a signature biscotti hand-crafted by Dolce’s expert chefs from a recipe chosen during this special event. “Dolce” means “sweet” in Italian and “due” is the word for “two”. The sweet treat is aptly named as the biscotti will always be served as a pair - one biscotti is never enough!
Chef Aleece Alexander of Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort was crowned the Biscotti King, for their innovative recipe of pistachio, apricot and cranberry biscotti. Although I was on the rival team, I have to admit that this recipe was truly delicious - my family agreed, I took a box home for them! Hotel guests can now enjoy the winning biscotti at Dolce locations around the world.
Former contestants of The Great British Bake Off, Benjamina Ebuehi and Selasi Gbormittah, were on hand to coach, mentor and support two teams throughout the baking process as the two finalist chefs, Chef Aleece Alexander of Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort and Chef Adrien Clauwaert of Dolce by Wyndham La Hulpe Brussels, went head-to-head to determine the ultimate winning recipe. This fun and interactive bake-off was judged by a panel of industry experts who evaluated taste, texture, presentation and creativity to crown the winning recipe.
The judging panel included: Jessica Gunn, editor of Waitrose Magazine; Meike Back, Cookery Director of Good Housekeeping; and Giovanni Belli, President of Assocantuccini, the Association of Producers of Cantuccini Toscani (the traditional Italian biscuit which has become internationally known as biscotti) from Italy.
The winning chef, Chef Alexander of Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort, commented, “I am immensely proud and excited by this fantastic achievement. Just like Dolce by Wyndham’s culinary identity, biscotti are products of excellence and craftsmanship and we created a recipe with passion and dedication to ensure it would really give a taste of the artistry, craft and inspiration that you experience at our hotels. We are thrilled our recipe was crowned as the winner of this exhilarating bake-off and we are looking forward to bringing our signature biscotti to our guests all around the world.”
Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham® is a curated collection of unique destinations, redefining modern meetings using creative spaces, state-of-the-art technology, nourishing food and beverage programmes and inspired activities. From Napa Valley to Provence, Dolce’s locations provide a brilliant sense of adventure, whether in a meeting or relaxing at its award-winning golf courses, rejuvenating spas and nearby world-famous wineries.
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Mark Kukulski, President, Wyndham Hotel Management said: “Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham is designed to inspire creativity, and what better to inspire our guests around the globe than a tasty treat such as biscotti? This bake-off truly showcased the talent and artistry across our Dolce by Wyndham culinary teams. We are thrilled to introduce Chef Alexander’s recipe to our guests around the world as a signature amenity they can only find at Dolce hotels, reminding them that wherever their destination, they should stop and savour every moment.”
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