To the uninitiated, Japanese and French pastries seem worlds apart. The former is known to be lighter on the palate and petite, while rustic French pastries tend to be larger, heartier and bolder in flavour. The exception are refined French desserts, which are similar to the Japanese style in size, details in presentation, and depth in flavour.

Take a closer look and you’ll find that both culinary cultures share an emphasis on local, seasonal produce. The terrain

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