The Dorchester has welcomed Sarah Barber as executive pastry chef, bringing with her two decades of knowledge overseeing award-winning patisserie menus across London.
In her new role, Barber leads a brigade of 19 chefs and bakers, creating the afternoon tea within the world-renowned Promenade, as well as perfecting pastries for weddings, parties and events throughout the hotel.
Inspired by her grandfather who was a professional chef, and taking influence from traditional British sweet treats from her childhood, her modern-day patisseries encompass classic nostalgic flavours with a refined sense of elegance.
With the moto to “never choose style over substance,” Barber’s signature dishes include fig and mascarpone mousse, and the ‘Snickers Bar,’ an adaptation of her favourite childhood snack.
“I could not be more excited to be joining one of the world’s greatest hotels, which has an 87-year history of creating the best British afternoon tea in London,” commented Barber.
“My focus for afternoon tea will be inspired by the iconic surroundings of The Promenade, where guests know and expect the finest.”
Barber joins from Hotel Cafe Royal.