Eric Lanlard at Taste of Dubai

By Debbie Rogers: It’s the last day of Taste of Dubai and I’m excitedly waiting to meet Eric Lanlard – aka Cake Boy to do a short interview for FoodeMag. This will be the fourth time I’m meeting Eric in person but I feel like I’ve know him for ages!

Eric started following me on Instagram a few years ago when I was staying at the St Regis in Abu Dhabi on a short staycation and I was flattered! It’s not every day one of my favorite Patissiers and a Celebrity Chef follows you! (Well not me anyways).

The first time I met Eric, he ‘called me out’ with a smile on his face for cheekily baking and changing one of his recipes. He’d spotted my photo on Instagram, read the caption and noticed that I’d made a few tweaks to his recipe – from memory it was a chocolate cupcake from “Chocolate” and I’d changed the topping slightly! I was stunned! I’d assumed someone managed Eric’s social media account and instead he told me that he does which is brilliant and makes any engagement with his account seem so much more personal and interesting hence the reason why I feel I know Eric way more than I do in real life. I’m not a stalker Eric honestly!

Anyways, the fourth meeting was great! Eric turned up a little late, after being lured to Ski Dubai for a quick ski – as you do in Dubai :). Our interview was casual and fun and gauging from the amount of people offering to ‘carry my bags’ to the interview, I know lots of people wanted to spend time with him.

Time to Grab a cake and a coffee for two delicious videos …

Part One – the first slice :

Eric gives some honest feedback on the names our readers suggested for Eric’s Strawberry Ombre Cake which is the cover shot for his latest book – Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea.

Part Two : another helping ..

Eric tells us what’s going on in “Cake Boys World”, talks about Coffee and what he ate at Taste of Dubai. Can you guess where he dined?

Ps : apologies for the slightly dodgy lighting, I dropped my phone just before the interview and the sensor is not working properly, hope it doesn’t detract from your viewing, Eric is truly entertaining!