In 2017 Claire decided she wanted to give back to the industry and set up the only UK training Academy for Pastry Chefs that is sponsored by the industry for the industry. The Claire Clark Academy has space for 14 full time students who wish to learn the art of Pastry. The academy offers the VCTC fully recognised accredited diploma as well as the Claire Clark diploma for high achievers.
Claire also works as a free lance consultant to Supermarkets and businesses needing professional advice.
In recognition of the commitment to her craft Claire was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday honours list: July 2011.
The Art of Pastry:
Claire started out with the intention of following a career in music but turned her creative talent to the art of Pastry. She feels that she was extremely fortunate to complete her apprenticeship with two Swiss German/Austrian Patissiers, the legendary Professor John Huber, now deceased and Ernst Bachmann. Time spent working with chefs demonstrating such expertise inspired Claire and helped her to begin her celebrated career as a Pastry Chef. Training the “up and coming” Pastry chefs of today remains of paramount importance to Claire.
Best Pastry Chef:
Her outstanding ability has been recognised, with accolades such as becoming the first person in the UK and only female recipient of the “Meilleur Ouvrier de la Grande-Bretange” (MOGB) or the “Best Crafts Worker of Britain”. This is the highest recognition of professional excellence. In addition to this, in both 1999 and again in 2005, Claire was awarded the title of “Best Pastry Chef” by the well regarded industry publication, Restaurant Magazine
Director: Indulge Patisserie Limited
Patisserie Consultant: Claire Clark Consulting