Eating pastry was seen as a symbol of nobility in the nineteenth century in Western society. Nowadays, though pastry spreading quickly and being popular to everyone, it still keeps certain status in gourmet food and has a trend that goes into luxury.
When it comes to luxury pastries, most great pastry chefs agree that presentation is as important as taste. Some luxury pastries rely on fantastical presentation to justify their price tags, such as a truffle housed in a three-dimensional spun sugar cage, or a chocolate gateau accented with 24-karat gold leaf.
“Consumers worldwide are expanding their notion of what luxury is, moving beyond products and into experiences. Food is a great way, like travel, to build high-quality experiences,” said Luca Solca, a luxury goods analyst and a managing director at Exane BNP Paribas. There are a great number of examples for luxurious pastries, such as Ladurée, Pasticceria Marchesi. It seems that pastry has become the new weapon in the luxury wars.