Will Torrent is launching his debut recipe book, Pâtisserie at Home, at the University of West London on Thursday 18th April 2013. The launch will take place in the University’s award-winning student training restaurant: ‘Pillars’.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to conjure up the mouthwatering pastries you’ve enjoyed in a Parisian cake shop but thought it would be too hard, think again! In this book Will aims to take the fear factor out of French pâtisserie. With step-by-step photography, a no-nonsense approach to the key pastry techniques, and more than 60 beautifully illustrated recipes, this book will become an invaluable source of inspiration and a constant reference for all your favorite French-inspired sweet treats.

Will, 26, graduated from the University in 2007, with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Culinary Arts Management. Crediting much of his career success to the training he received on his course, the recent graduate has already been named, ‘Young Chef of the Year.’ In addition to working alongside celebrities such as Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith, Torrent has gone on to become a patisserie consultant for Waitrose, as well as an ambassador for several high profile products, companies and bodies.

Dessert canapés, created by Will Torrent and University of West London students using the recipes from ‘Patisserie at Home’, will be served through-out the evening. On the morning of the launch, Will Torrent will work closely with UWL students, teaching them to prepare several of his sweet creations. The launch will be attended by leading figures in the world of culinary arts, press and members of the local university community.

The event will also help showcase the University’s many talented students beyond hospitality, as there will be live music performances from London College of Music students throughout the evening.

Commenting on his book launch, Will Torrent said: “I am delighted to be back at my old University for the book launch of ‘Pâtisserie at Home’. Many of the recipes were inspired by the training I received during my time there. When I was training, I remember top chefs, such as Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes, coming in to do special demonstrations and dinners and I remember just how much I got out of them. Because of this, I am really excited to work with the current students, on the morning of the book launch, creating some of my recipes from the book. I hope the students will learn a lot from the day; they are lucky to be enrolled at a leading school of hospitality and I hope they will embrace the opportunities and go on to have successful careers themselves.” 
Professor David Foskett, MBE, Head of the London School of Hospitality and Tourism, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Will Torrent back to the University. Will has already achieved many great successes in the world of culinary arts and I look forward to celebrating his debut book launch with him this April. Will is one of the many talented students I see graduating from the University each year. He should be an inspiration to all students and staff at the University of West London.”

Will Torrent’s first book is officially released on 11 April 2013 and showcases a wide range of pastry recipes that he has developed during his career.