Hispanic Lifestyle had a chance to taste the treats of Pastry Chef Francisco Enriquez Francisco who creations are featured at Domaine Chandon restaurant étoile. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Chef Francisco is one of eight siblings. Francisco worked away from the family home so he lived with his grandmother during the week, and learned the art of cooking, and specifically making pastries, from her. In early 1979, Francisco brought his new bride to start a new life in California and started working in the kitchen at the restaurant Domaine Chandon, now called étoile, three months later.
Photos by Richard Sandoval exclusively for Hispanic Lifestyle
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With the exception of a year’s hiatus in 2004, Francisco has worked in this kitchen since June 1979 making him one of the longest serving employees on the property. Francisco remains dedicated and inspired in his work, constantly creating new desserts and sampling “the competition” when he dines elsewhere.