By Maria Allebone
A creative new patisserie called Edible Art, specialising in beautiful, colourful and unique pastries and cakes opened in The Courtyard on Saturday August 1. Damien Wager, owner of the new Courtyard business began his pastry career just four years ago, but he is already known for his wonderful pastry and cake creations, with nearly 80,000 followers on Instagram. We met Lizzie Nicholas, manager of the patisserie at the grand opening of the shop and asked her a few important questions.
MA: What makes Edible Art Patisserie so different?
LN: Edible Art Patisserie is unlike anything else that can be found in Cheltenham or the surrounding area. Over the past four years Damien has refined the art of pastry to become one of the best in the country and gaining a reputation for his skills which are recognised worldwide. The unique style that Damien has adopted ensures that guests are given an unforgettable experience tasting the most luxurious of desserts. This is the one and only Edible Art Patisserie at the moment with plans to progress further afield in the future. We have a small team of 3 which means everything is completed to the highest standard, for us this is a hugely exciting opportunity and we want to keep coming up with new ideas and creations to keep the people of Cheltenham, as well as those who travel from further afield excited and surprised at what is possible when they visit.
MA: What’s your favourite patisserie/chocolate from the shop?
LN: So we all have different favourites; for myself it is the Peanut and Milk Chocolate bonbons, Kacper can’t get enough of the Exotic Fruit tart and Damien loves the bubblegum macaron which will be a new feature on the selection this week.
MA: Is there anyone in Cheltenham that you would like to collaborate with?
LN: We would love to do some form of collaboration with David Everett-Matthias and the team at The Champignon Sauvage at some point in the future. David’s book ‘Essence’ was one of the first books Damien ever purchased when he started out as a chef and his dedication and commitment to his business is admirable. We believe there is a lot we can learn from him and his team to ensure we become a staple in the Cheltenham community for years to come.
You can find Edible Art Patisserie on the ground floor of the beautiful Courtyard in Montpellier.