The creative spirit of recently appointed Pastry Chef Sarah Thompson is already evident throughout any of the dining venues at Four Seasons Hotel Miami. She oversees the development, creation and execution of breads, pastry and desserts for EDGE Steak & Bar, in-room dining and all banquet events. Thompson’s specialty is chocolate, although her wide range of expertise does not stop there.
Her culinary career started as a child when she used to help her mother roll out dough for home-baked bread. Originally from California, she attended culinary school in Orange County and began working as a Cake Decorator, always ready for the next challenge. “I love the creativity aspect of pastry and decorating”, Thompson says. “Recipes are very formulated which appeases the ‘Type A’ in me, but there is a lot of room to create visually beautiful pieces with desserts”.
After honing her skills at school and cake decorating, Thompson then began a five year stint with Ritz Carlton, working at the Marina Del Ray and Lake Tahoe properties in California before moving across the United States to the Key Biscayne property in Florida. After that, Thompson switched gears and began teaching at the Notter School of Pastry Arts, guiding students in classes through wedding cake decorations, petit fours, plated desserts, and basic pastry.
Guests at EDGE Steak & Bar currently enjoy a menu of dessert tapas during lunch by Thompson, including Chocolate with warm molten cake, cocoa nib crunch and pistachio ice cream, or Cheesecake Lollipops in an assortment of flavors such as pumpkin spice, white chocolate raspberry, and orange dulce de leche. Desserts served at dinner are inspired by the seasonality of ingredients and Miami’s tropical weather, with alluring creations such as Apple with braised apples, spice cake and lemon cream and Passion with raspberry sorbet, crisp meringue and passion fruit gelee.
Open since 2003, Four Seasons Hotel Miami provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travelers, and the highly personalized, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 90 properties in 36 countries. For more information on Four Seasons Hotel Miami, visit press.fourseasons.com/miami.