p(right caption). The “Sunday Bloody Sundae.” Does Bono have a sweet tooth?
Noted chocolatier and world-traveled chef Tina Luu has joined San Diego’s Heaven Sent Desserts as executive chef and among her early efforts there was catering a star-studded party for singer and all-around superstar, BeyoncÃ©.
Highlights included a spectacular chocolate tree sculpture created by Luu that adorned BeyoncÃ©’s own table at the event. The entire tree was edible, with everything made of chocolate.
Since Luu’s arrival the San Diego sweets boutique has unveiled several exotic, tempting desserts including:
- The Naughty Angel, described as a hand-painted and tempered Barry-Callebaut chocolate orb filled with lofty angel food cake lounging in silky peanut-butter mousse, whiskey spiked bananas, sea salted caramel and roasted peanuts.
- The U2 band tribute, Sunday Bloody Sundae, a crisp choux pastry filled with mint ice cream & blood orange sorbet, butterscotch’d caramel sauce, whipped cream, seasonal fruit compote and finished with mint pop-rocks and a caramel halo.
Luu has traveled throughout Europe and Asia and made a name for herself as Pastry Chef overseeing menus for Stars Restaurant and Stars CafÃ© in Singapore, and at the Stars Bar & Dining in Seattle, among other stops along the way. She has also lectured for The Art Institute of California, San Diego, as part of its culinary arts program.
Heaven Sent Desserts was the brainchild Air Force veteran Lachlan Oliver, who returned two years ago from tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and opened the desserts cafÃ© with help from his brother, Sean Davis, himself a former Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot.
Each day, more than 25 different desserts, cakes, pastries, brownies and cookies are prepared fresh by a staff of pastry chefs, overseen by Luu. In addition to the cafe and catering business, Heaven Sent also does wedding cakes.