This French Pâtissier's Passion for Pastry & Shoes Is Next-Level

July 14, 2017

Celebrate Bastille Day with a look at one Parisian pastry chef’s inspiring homage to color.

If you’ve ever suffered from Instagram fatigue, here’s an incredible feed that will jolt you out of your scrolling doldrums.

Paris-based chef Tal Spiegel is turning his love for pastry and fashion into an art form in his vibrant feed, Desserted in Paris, an account we dare you (and his 117k followers) not to deep dive into.

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These aren’t your everyday #shoefies, either. Each of Spiegel’s snaps is consistent: In the foreground is a glorious confection (mostly purchased, some homemade) held in his right hand, set against his kicky, complementary footwear down below. From a myriad of two-toned oxfords to tasseled floral loafers and everyday trainers, it’s a true sight to behold. So much so, in fact, that he recently came out with a book (currently only available via Amazon UK) to delight his growing fanbase.

Surprisingly, Spiegel’s never worked in the fashion industry, but his passion for color runs deep, having dabbled as a graphic designer for eight years before changing gears and becoming a pastry chef. “I guess that’s where my keen eye comes from, although I’ve always been obsessed with colors,” Spiegel, who originally hails from Tel Aviv, told Food52.

A self-professed shoe collector (“I have around 200 pairs”), he’s in no danger of running out of props. It does beg the question, however: How does he store all of his fancy footwear in a city dwelling? “I built a special shelf for all of them as they are taking over my apartment,” he admits. Stay tuned for a follow-up on Spiegel’s shoe storage situation…

Follow Spiegel's awe-inspiring work on Instagram and Facebook, as well as in his new book, Pâtisseries de Paris.

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Hana is a food writer/editor based in New York.