With his experience in kitchens around the world, pastry chef and pâtisserie Peter Webber now owns and operates Les Diables in Phuket.
In conversation with Zazi Ruengchinda
Can you tell us about the TV show you were involved in?
The television show was when I was living in Dubai and was a local Emirates production. It was a show about how to make desserts and cakes. I never got to see the released show as I had already left for The Oriental Bangkok when it was aired.
During Queen Elizabeth’s official state visit to Thailand, what kind of cakes did you make for her?
For the Queen’s visit we did a lot of catering for the palace and different events around Bangkok and the British Embassy. For the state dinner the dessert was a very simple plated apple crumble served with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. There is a very funny story with this, as with all of the excitement we lost the hot trolley the desserts were being stored on. The main kitchen had thought it was used for the main course and finished with, so they had loaded it into the catering trucks by mistake. That was a nervous 15 minutes for everyone, but all was okay in the end.
What are your best-selling cakes and desserts?
At Les Diables, our bestselling cake is our signature chocolate truffle cake, which consists of a moist chocolate sponge with pure chocolate couverture mousse. It melts in the mouth.
Can you sum up what your style of desserts are in three words?
Classic, delicious… fattening!