Let's answer the question at hand: If international street artist Banksy were a pastry, he'd be a perfect alliance between chocolate and vanilla. So thinks the pastry chef of the glitzy Rosewood Hotel, which has just launched an afternoon tea service that re-interprets some of the most influential artists in London, in sugar, butter and icing form.
Developed by pastry chef Mark Perkins, the Art Afternoon Tea at the luxurious hotel's Mirror Room is an ode to five of the most iconic modern artists, currently represented in London: Banksy, Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko and Damien Hirst.
Banksy is instantly recognisable, even in butter and pastry form. Chocolate cubes are filled with vanilla cream choux, salted caramel and chocolate cremeux, and presented with a miniature edible image of the artist's "Girl With a Balloon." Hirst is re-interpreted as a cassis jelly, yuzu curd, white chocolate tart and Hirst dot. Pastries are presented with an assortment of classic high tea sandwiches like smoked salmon and cream cheese; Coronation chicken; Le Madru ham and comte cheese; and egg salad.
The basic Art Afternoon tea at the Rosewood London is £45 ($57). High tea with Champagne ranges between £55 ($69) to £57 ($72).