PONANT and Pierre Hermé Paris are combining their talents to celebrate an exploration of the senses and the inimitable art of “goûter” – afternoon tea – à la française. United by a shared philosophy, the two firms are offering an authentic multi-faceted experience of the senses.
At tea time on all PONANT ships, guests have the opportunity to savour four macarons from the recipes of the “Picasso of pastries”. The firm’s flagship Ispahan macaron, together with the Infiniment Pistachio, Vanilla and Chocolate varieties represent an enticing voyage for the discerning palate.
“You can be endlessly creative with the macaron which is why it is my favourite means of expression,” remarks Pierre Hermé who is currently sailing aboard Le Lyrial as a guest of honour on a voyage from Athens to Istanbul.
“It offers an infinite field for exploration, each flavour an invitation to open up to the world, from Iran to Brazil, Tahiti to Mexico and Madagascar. I am delighted by this partnership between our two companies. We realised that we share a mission to awaken people’s curiosity, to offer them a voyage of the senses and a refined experience,” Hermé said.
Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT said: “Sampling Pierre Hermé macarons at tea time will very quickly become another gourmet ritual on all our ships.
“PONANT and Pierre Hermé Paris share the same ambition to create unique moments and unforgettable sensory experiences. We are delighted with this collaboration between two ambassadors of French know-how.”
During informal talks with guests on this week’s voyage, Pierre Hermé will share his passion for creative gastronomy and where he goes to seek out new flavours and textures.