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Pan Pacific London names Bake-Off Professionals judge Executive Pastry Chef

Known to millions as the judge on Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals, as well as appearances on MasterChef and James Martin’s Saturday Kitchen, Cherish Finden has been named Executive Pastry Chef of Pan Pacific London, scheduled to open in London 2021.

With over 30 years of international experience, Singapore-born Finden will be responsible for creating the hotel’s entire pastry collection. She takes the role after a stint as Creative Development Chef at luxury chocolatier Godiva.

Guests can look forward to a ‘slice of Singapore’ on the afternoon tea menu along with traditional favourites! Her pledge is to create an  innovative, imaginative and irresistible menu, and we can’t wait to taste what she has in store.

Guests can look forward to a ‘slice of Singapore’ on the afternoon tea menu along with traditional favourites!

“I’m looking forward to bringing my Singaporean heritage to the pastries that we will create,” says Finden. “It will be a celebration of a slice of Singapore in London, a fusion of two of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world”.

The appointment marks a return to Pan Pacific for the chef – her first professional position was at Pan Pacific Singapore in 1991. 

Since then Finden has helmed the pastry offering at some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, including Raffles Hotel Singapore, Sheraton Tower Singapore, and Langham London. 

In 2015 Finden was awarded The Macallan Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Gourmet Summit, and has served as a judge for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence and the Association of Pastry Chefs. 

Lobby-lounge artist’s impression for Pan Pacific London

The Pan‌ ‌Pacific‌ ‌London‌ represents ‌Pan‌ ‌Pacific‌ ‌Hotels‌ ‌Group’s‌ ‌first‌ foothold ‌in‌ ‌Europe.‌ ‌Located‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌mixed-use development‌ ‌at‌ ‌One‌ ‌Bishopsgate‌ ‌Plaza,‌ ‌the‌ ‌City’s‌ ‌new‌ ‌landmark‌ ‌tower,‌ ‌the‌ ‌hotel‌ ‌is‌ ‌currently‌ ‌under‌ ‌construction‌.

‌With‌ ‌design‌ ‌by‌ ‌Yabu‌ ‌Pushelberg, and fronted‌ ‌by‌ ‌PLP‌ ‌Architecture‌, ‌the hotel will feature ‌‌237‌ ‌guestrooms‌ ‌and‌ ‌one-bedroom‌ ‌suites, with ‌two‌ ‌restaurants‌ ‌and‌ ‌bars;‌ ‌a‌ ‌wellbeing‌ ‌floor‌ ‌with‌ ‌treatment‌ ‌rooms,‌ ‌sleep‌ ‌pods,‌ ‌a ‌gym‌ ‌and‌ ‌fitness‌ ‌area,‌ ‌Café‌ ‌and 18.5m‌ ‌indoor‌‌ infinity‌ ‌pool. It’s expected to open early 2021.

For a taste of afternoon tea, read How to serve a luxury afternoon tea at home, according to the Tea Sommelier of London’s Rosewood Hotel.

About Steve May

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