BlackBook recently caught up with esteemed chef, Thiago Silva – the 28-year-old Brazilian executive pastry chef behind all of EMM Group’s restaurants. Check an excerpt from the interview below:
At The General, the doughnut doesn’t stop there; the Bowery spot has become known for Thiago’s most nostalgic, breakfast creation: cereal-topped doughnuts. Yes, doughnuts topped with Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and filled with their respective cereal creams. “A lot of people think I was high when I came up with the idea,” Thiago says. “But I wanted a breakfast item, so I combined my favorite breakfast cereals with my really great doughnut recipe.”
The doughnut recipe is another wildfire idea Thiago’s concocted that’s become EMM Group’s top-ordered dessert across all their restaurants. On the sweets menus of their spots CATCH NY, CATCH Miami, Lexington Brass, and Abe & Arthur’s, you’ll find one signature doughnut. For CATCH Miami, it’s their key lime doughnut. At The General, it’s green tea. For the rest it changes, with flavors like pumpkin and peaches and cream.While the food isn't the only thing that keeps folks coming back to Mark Birnbaum and EMM Group's establishments, it's one of the big selling points. Just check out the press section of the EMM Group's website and see for yourself.
And if you could put together any combination of doughnuts and cereal, what would it be?