Cherish Finden - Rendered on: 30/03/2017 05:51:58
Executive Pastry Chef
The Langham Hotel
"It's all about precision, we measure everything. You can't have a good meal without dessert. Dessert is the grande finale of the whole meal."
Cherish Finden is the multi-award winning Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham Hotel, London. With over 20 years of international experience, Cherish has created innovative and imaginative menus for the hotel, earning the prestigious Tea Guild’s ‘Top London Afternoon Tea’ award (2010) and ‘Service of Excellence’ for three consecutive years. Cherish was also awarded ‘Pastry Chef of the Year’ by the Craft Guild of Chefs in 2012 and in 2015 received the Macalcan Life Time Achievement. Cherish’s inventive edge has kept the hotel at the forefront of London’s culinary scene.
Cherish’s enthusiasm, skill and stand out character resulted in her taking on the role of one of three judges on BBC2’s new primetime series Bake Off: Crème De La Crème. The series aired on BBC2 in spring 2016 and saw Cherish meticulously judging teams of the country’s top pastry chefs in a search for Britain’s best. She quickly garnered a reputation for being the no-nonsense judge, not afraid to get out her ruler! Cherish’s feisty, unique and watchable personality was a hugely popular part of the show which has translated online to her every growing social media following.
Prior to Bake Off, Cherish has also featured on popular TV programmes including Heston’s Great British Food on Channel 4, BBC’s Masterchef, Australian Masterchef, BBC2’s An Extra Slice and Junior Bake-off.
Cherish is continually testing and redefining the benchmark for the modern pastry chef. Her artistic flare and expert knowledge of ingredients allows her to explore more creative aspects of dessert making. Most recently, Cherish was asked by The Telegraph to design a cake for the Queen’s 90th Birthday, for this she recreated Windsor Castle in cake form, adding details such as the Chapel and the Norman Gate.
Singapore-born, Cherish grew up as the youngest daughter in a family of five. Cherish began her working life in a different field altogether but after endless encouragement from her family and friends, she was eventually inspired to further develop her talent at Shatect Culinary School in Singapore. Here, Cherish discovered a natural talent for making pastries using her creative and innovative eye to capture ideas from the world around her using colours and textures to specific objects. She prides herself on incorporating food with art.
Throughout her varied and exciting career, Cherish has continued to challenge herself through training courses and culinary competitions that have resulted in over 25 medals from international events around the world, of which 18 were Gold. Most notably, the Singapore Pastry Team led by Cherish came in first out of 32 national teams and won 8 gold medals at the IKA Culinary Olympics in 2000.
With each and every creation, Cherish aims to capture the attention of her subjects, be they judges in a competition or guests of a hotel. While her constantly evolving style means that she does not have a signature piece, Cherish notes that elements of her upbringing in Singapore are always evident in her work. Rather than follow the crowd, Cherish strives to push boundaries.