Say hai to... Hebe Konditori
Hi Sarah....or should we say Hai!
Can you describe what you do?
Photography by Ellis Parrinder
Where do you consider home? When do you know you are home?
It’s great, It always feels as though I’m most creative when I’m not pressured. I think the first lockdown was a good reset for me, even though it came with a lot of stress. Baking and being creative was a great escape from what was going on.
The best, untalked about place in your city?
I’m not sure if it’s an untalked about place but I love Marchesi Cafe in Mayfair. I first went to the one in Milan a few years back and they opened the London branch about a year or so ago. The decor is dreamy and they have lots of traditional Italian cakes and dishes. It feels like you’re in another era when you’re in there, like a scene from a Fellini film.
How, or where do you go to find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from many sources. Film, art and fashion, etc. The film Marie Antoinette (Dir. Sophia Coppola) was a big influence on my cake style. But I also take inspiration from lots of traditional baking and pastry chefs, including the work of Marie Antoine Carême and there’s a great book called the Lambeth Method which is an amazing guide to intricate piping. I’m also a big fan of @benny.cake and @haijunggg both on Instagram.
What do you do when no one is watching?
Probably dancing and singing around the house to whatever cheesy music I’m enjoying at that moment.
What’s the feeling fashion gives you?
On some long autumn walks around South East London and to the supermarket, I guess. Seeing as we won’t be allowed anywhere else for a while.