Where exactly will they lead us? How well prepared are we for what lay ahead? We don’t know. But the world opens up in the face of positive belief and action. A kind of force is generated that has no regard for self-doubt, perceived limitations or obstacles, possessing only a single-minded desire to realise itself as fully as possible.
Harnessing fierce Italian passion and good old British dependability we strive (while trying to keep the kitchen bickering to a minimum) to create delights that ignite your senses and are worthy of sharing with the people you care about most (not just your alter-ego).
Who can possibly unravel the mystery of an idea forming. Certainly not us. There was nothing and then, suddenly, from the darkness, the essence of il gatto goffo revealed itself. Case closed.
Well, perhaps, we can do a bit better than that.
We - a clumsy Italian woman with an insatiable sweet tooth, and a wannabe-Stoic British man with a love of swearing - had recently met. Sat across a table in the canteen of a financial behemoth we spoke of a desire to embark on a journey of creativity, self-determination, responsibility and meaning.
And so began the creative process. After a lot of chin scratching, and many, many experiments, that varied in their degrees of failure, we landed on mini chocolate tarts. How exactly? Again, we’re not sure, but we called our creation a “GiGi.” A “GiGi” has four distinct layers of deliciousness to sink your teeth into: crumbly pastry, a delicious filling, smooth Italian chocolate, and a tailored topping.
We like to think that the process of creation results in a unique personality for each GiGi, whether it is the very proper Duchess (white chocolate, peach, rose), the decadently luxe Elixir of Life (dark chocolate, banana, caramel), or the crowd-pleasing Memphis Fling (milk chocolate, peanut butter).
The smell of roasted nuts, buttery pastry, rich chocolate; clattering of pans, chopping, crushing, bubbling and boiling. Patiently stirring, caramelising over an open flame; balancing sweet with sour - and a dash of bitterness. Lemon zest, lime zest; a surprising crunch among rich smooth chocolate, sweet strawberries in Summer; a sprinkle of red against the white background. Experimenting, failing, persevering, elevating. Striving to create something that ignites the senses and transforms with every bite, able to stir emotions and bring people together, shining light on the dark, and transporting you through time to recall your most cherished memories: that is magic.