I like to play with flavors and can't wait to start pairing them. I want to use different spices, different fruits combined with traditional ingredients in my desserts.
One of our latest alumni, Kristof Bardos, discovered pastry and confectionery almost by accident, during the lockdown. Today, he has big plans for his newly found passion. Kristof comes from Romania, but lives in Iceland and he shared with us why he decided to further his education in Croatia. We discussed and reminisced about his time at Kul IN, final exams and desserts that he likes to prepare.
Kul IN: Tell us more about your background, how and when did you become interested in pastry?
- It happened so suddenly! I used to work at different restaurants as a waiter, and a cook. However, I started baking last year during lockdown and realized I loved it. I immediately knew I wanted to go pro in baking and pastry.
Kul IN: What are your plans after the program?
- I would like to start my business. But first, I am going back to Island to get a job at a bakery or restaurant as a pastry chef. I would prefer to work at an artisan bakery for a while.
Kul IN: How will the experience from Kul IN help you in your further career?
- I learned many useful skills here. The emphasis on precision and planning your time – this is very important. One you learn different methods and techniques; you can do and bake anything.
Kul IN: Which lesson was your favorite and why? Which dessert from Kul IN are you proud of the most?
- The strudel was the most satisfying to make. It is quite simple, but I had never made it before Kul IN. I loved the process of making it! Different cake styles were also awesome, I thought cakes would be the hardest, but they turned out to be quite easy for me.
Kul IN: Tell us more about your final exam desserts, which was your favorite?
- My cake was pretty good. I made a dacquoise cake with rhubarb and strawberry filling with rose water. I topped everything with Italian meringue and almond flakes.
Kul IN: Why are you excited to start working as a pastry chef?
- I like to play with flavors and can't wait to start pairing them. I want to use different spices, different fruits combined with traditional ingredients in my desserts.