Valrhona Single Estate Chocolate Exploration: orange, chocolate, and juniper ice cream
Before Gotham Bar and Grill (12 East 12th Street, 212-620-4020) pastry chef Ron Paprocki was creating desserts, he was designing landscapes. "My job was to meet with new homeowners and then draw up a plant proposal based on what they were looking for," he explains. A landscaping opportunity took the Rochester native to Germany, and it was there, inspired by the countless pastry shops he stumbled upon, that Paprocki gave serious thought to baking, then still a hobby.
He enrolled in Elisabeth-Knipping Schule in Kassel and landed an apprentice pastry chef role at that city's Café Alheit before returning to New York in 2004. In the decade that followed, a series of progressive roles at some of the city's most recognizable venues (Financier, Sascha, The London) led Paprocki to Gotham Bar & Grill, where he plates refined and whimsical desserts, informed by his German training and the artistic vantage point he developed during his landscaping years. Here Paprocki discusses why we're just days away from the best season of the year, what you'll always find in his freezer, and the Family Feud answer he feels should be unanimous.More »