At not even 30 years of age, Nina Métayer, the darling of Parisian patisserie, is the new creative pastry director at Café Pouchkine.
It was thousands of kilometres from her home port of La Rochelle that she discovered her vocation as a baker. It was in fact in Mexico, where aged 16 whilse studying abroad for a year that she met a couple of French bakers. On her return to France, with her literary high school diploma in the bag, she obtained her professional qualifications in baking at La Rochelle before working in Australia, first at a well-known French bakers and cake shop in Melbourne and then pastry-making at restaurants in Dunsborough, Darwin and Port Douglas.
When she returned to France in 2010, she felt she needed to improve her skills and above all wanted to masters dessert techniques. She joined Ferrandi and shortly after became a member of Camille Lesecq’s brigade at the Meurice as a commis and then demi-chef de partie. Amandine Chaignot entrusted her with her first second-in-command role at Raphaël before appointing her “head pastry chef”. In 2015, she joined Michelin-star chef Jean-François Piège as head pastry chef for the opening of his “Grand Restaurant”, rue d’Aguesseau in Paris. The restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars 6 months after opening.
The awards flowed thick and fast in 2016. Her Chocolate-Buckwheat creation was in the running for the best chocolate dessert of the year in the Lebey Guide. She was voted Pastry Chef of the Year 2016 by her peers in the magazine Le Chef and the Gault & Millau guide named her Patissier of the Year 2017 in November of the same year.
In April 2017 she joined Cafe Pouchkine as International Sweet Creations Chef. She was in charge to develop the range of new pastries for the opening of the flagship store, Place de la Madeleine, in December 2017. As well as she creates the sweet creations for several new location where the brand is established.
From now on, she initiate a new adventure, with more personal projects. Consultant, she participates in Jury, like the Bocuse d’Or, World Chocolate Masters, French TV shows, and dispenses International Masterclass. And is planning an ambitious book where the video will be featured. But hush!, it’s a secret 🙂