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Simon Herfray

Teaches at Atelier Sucré

Born in France, Simon Herfray began his Pastry education and experience in his native Vendee region, attending the local vocational Pastry School. After five years he graduated with a Master Degree in Pastry and Bakery

Right after graduation, Simon left France to work a year in London at Aubaine, renowned French Restaurant-Bakery in South Kengsington.
Then, he traveled to Australia over a year, lived and worked alternatively in Brisbane then Sydney to learn and improve his skills with new techniques

He moved back to London, and joined acclaimed Blue Bird Restaurant located in South Kengsington

Simon Herfray entered New York's Pastry scene in 2009 when he was hired by Falai Llc as Executive Pastry Chef for a year. Then he moved on to Cafe M by the Empire State Building, a cosy Pastry and Coffee-shop. Before crossing the bridge over to Downtown Brooklyn at Bacchus and La Defense Bistro sister restaurants.

Simon open French'Encas Pastry classes early 2014.

Reviews of Simon Herfray

(122 Reviews)
Virtual Class: Homemade Pasta

12/30/2020
Starr F.

Attended: Virtual Class: Homemade Pasta


Starr F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

11/30/2020
Nelson M.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Nelson M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Virtual Class: Chocolate Souffle & Madeleine

11/30/2020
Analynn M L.

Attended: Virtual Class: Chocolate Souffle & Madeleine


Excellent class and wonderful chef! I had a great time during the class and also afterwards enjoying the delicious desserts.

Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake

11/23/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake


Class was postponed until a date we have not been notified

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

11/9/2020
Christian O.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Christian O. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

10/28/2020
Martina D.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Fantastic class, and fantastic treats to take home. I learned so much from Simon, and felt safe and taken care of throughout (given it was during Covid times). Would highly recommend!

Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake

9/2/2020
Hyunsook K.

Attended: Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake


Hyunsook K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Virtual Class: Beignet (French Donuts)

8/31/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Virtual Class: Beignet (French Donuts)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake

8/31/2020
Tina S.

Attended: Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake


I live in the Los Angeles area and this platform allowed me to take a class with a New York pastry chef. Loved it!

Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake

8/31/2020
Justin B.

Attended: Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake


Teaching was great, but Zoom was very difficult. Instructor couldn't hear students, sound repeatedly echoed.

Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake

8/30/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake


The recipes turned out delicious! But it was difficult to understand the instructor’s accent. Also the Zoom did not work well so we couldn’t talk to the instructor or see him during the second half of the class. But it was fun!

Virtual Class: After School (French Toast)

8/27/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Virtual Class: After School (French Toast)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Virtual Class: Chocolate Souffle & Madeleine

8/23/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Virtual Class: Chocolate Souffle & Madeleine


This class was awesome! I really did make a dessert soufflé and it REALLY did rise about an inch above the rim - just like in all those magazine photos! The madeline’s we made were SO buttery, tasty good!

Virtual Class: Chocolate Souffle & Madeleine

8/17/2020
Ryo H.

Attended: Virtual Class: Chocolate Souffle & Madeleine


The class was easy to follow throughout. The instructor gave great advice so that we get through each procedure smoothly and successfully. The madeleine and souffle came out delicious. The souffle was good warm and even cold the next day.

Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake

7/13/2020
Susan S.

Attended: Virtual Class: Quiche & Lava Cake


Easy to follow and both the quiche and the chocolate lava cake came out perfect!!!

French Macaron

3/3/2019
Yunkyung C.

Attended: French Macaron


Yunkyung C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Pastry Night Class

3/3/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Pastry Night Class


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: Traditional French Croissant Class

3/1/2019
Emilie H.

Attended: Couple Date Class: Traditional French Croissant Class


Loved the class! Couldn't believe how well the croissants turned out and had a fun and informative instructor.

French Croissant

2/28/2019
Chris C.

Attended: French Croissant


Very well prepared - time for a relaxed an fun experience while learning all the necessary tricks and technics to create the perfect croissant. I will most probably be back soon for another patisserie class. Recommended!

French Macaron

2/22/2019
Amy S.

Attended: French Macaron


Amy S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

2/14/2019
Stephen M.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Great class! Looking forward to trying at home

Couple Date Class: French Pastry Night Class

2/12/2019
Carlos M.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Pastry Night Class


Carlos M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

2/10/2019
Ian G.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Ian G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

2/6/2019
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

1/28/2019
Stephanie S.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Stephanie S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

1/26/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Chocolate Evening Class

1/20/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Chocolate Evening Class


This is hands down, the best chocolate making class. I took another class the week before this one and did not like it one bit. I was in a hotel guest area, there was no kitchen and everything was done in disposable utensils. It had a "date night feeling" and was full of ppl drinking alcohol while making chocolate and etc.. THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THAT! I got a very thorough look into making chocolate and was able to ask all the questions I had. The best part - I was in an industrial kitchen and got to see how the pros make chocolate.

Couple Date Class: French Pastry Night Class

1/18/2019
Norisbel J.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Pastry Night Class


Norisbel J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

12/26/2018
Alexandre L.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Alexandre L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

12/20/2018
Chrissie C.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Great fun! Will be making this on Christmas :)

French Croissant

12/20/2018
Kristen N.

Attended: French Croissant


This is a great hands on class for all levels. I took it with a friend who makes her own bread from scratch, while I rarely bake at all, and we both enjoyed the class. We worked in teams of 3-4 people but everyone got a chance to participate in each step. The instructors were creative in managing to fit a several hour process into 3 hours. And best of all we all left with a few delicious croissants to impress our friends (or eat ourselves!). Merçi beaucoup!

French Pastry Night

12/12/2018
Tim G.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Tim G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

11/12/2018
Louis T.

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Course was canceled at the last minute as there wasn't enough attendees. We were so looking forward to it. Have agreed to a new date with the host, hopefully it doesn't happen again.

French Macaron

11/7/2018
Ilsoon Y.

Attended: French Macaron


Ilsoon Y. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

11/4/2018
Anne R.

Attended: French Macaron


We all had a wonderful time. Chef Jennifer was a terrific instructor. I liked the way she was able to relate to all the students. Chef Simon is also a great teacher of desserts. We all want to participate in other classes. Thanks so much for your thoughtful care and expertise. Anne Rowe

Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class

10/26/2018
Usama W.

Attended: Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class


Usama W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Croissant

10/21/2018
Mathew H.

Attended: French Croissant


Extremely fortunate to learn from such a knowledge and experience pastry chef. I will definitely never forget this class. My wife and I had a blast and the croissants turned out wonderfully!

French Macaron

10/13/2018
Suzanne R.

Attended: French Macaron


Suzanne R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fruit Tart, Chocolate Tart, Madeleine

10/6/2018
Janie F.

Attended: Fruit Tart, Chocolate Tart, Madeleine


Fun class, Chef Simon is witty and shares all his tricks & tips. I highly suggest anyone who loves or is visiting to take this class.

Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class

10/6/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Couple Date Class: French Macaron Class


Such a fun night! We would have preferred to be more hands on for every step. There were a fair number of people in the class, so not everyone got to take a stab at each part of the recipe. Other than that, we had a great time! Chef Simon and his assistant were knowledgeable and very fun, we definitely learned a lot. We would love to take another class with them.

Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class

9/24/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class


We had a wonderful time with Chef Simon! There was lots of opportunity to get hands on experience making chocolate pastries. The recipes were all delicious, and when all was said and done, we got to go home with a large amount of chocolate.

French Croissant

9/15/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Croissant


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

8/14/2018
Frances C.

Attended: French Pastry Night


For some reason, (and I take full responsibility,) I thought the class began at 7! I arrived at 6:30, and was told it was 5. I wished I could have joined at least for the last part of the class, which was what I wanted to learn in the first place, tarts. But that was denied to me. So, the whole experience was a colossal disappointment

French Macaron

8/3/2018
Rosalia W.

Attended: French Macaron


Rosalia W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

7/30/2018
Qi Z.

Attended: French Macaron


Qi Z. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

7/27/2018
MARIANA L.

Attended: French Macaron


Great time! Macarons were great!!

French Croissant

6/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Croissant


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Croissant

6/7/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Croissant


Great hands on class with a great teacher in Simon. Highly recommended!!

French Croissant

6/7/2018
Chris C.

Attended: French Croissant


Chef did a good job explaining the subtleties of croissant making.

French Macaron

5/30/2018
Denise m.

Attended: French Macaron


Nice class. All the supplies and ingredients are ready for you in class. The chef did a good job explaining the steps and techniques to a class of mostly novices. I was able to recreate these steps and recipes he gave us at home and it worked really well. I can now make french macarons!

French Macaron

5/23/2018
Sacha L.

Attended: French Macaron


Sacha L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

5/9/2018
Anneil B.

Attended: French Pastry Night


The pastry chef Simon was very organized. We were able to make great French pastries and had lots of leftovers to take home. My friend and I look forward to taking another class with him.

French Macaron

4/1/2018
Stefano C.

Attended: French Macaron


Stefano C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

3/30/2018
Adrienn B.

Attended: French Macaron


Adrienn B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Croissant

3/14/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Croissant


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

3/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


The class was great. It demystified making macarons. They came out great and were delicious. I will try to make them myself soon. Only downsides was the class size was larger than normal as 2 latecomers showed up( there seemed to be a mix up) Teacher accommodated but the amount of materials was thrown off. The teacher adapted as he went along.

French Macaron

2/1/2018
Rishab R.

Attended: French Macaron


Rishab R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

1/29/2018
Sharon S.

Attended: French Macaron


This was really good experience. I definitely recommend it.

Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class

1/29/2018
Kathleen W.

Attended: Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class


Kathleen W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class

1/22/2018
Matthew C.

Attended: Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class


Great teacher and a lot of fun!

French Pastry Night

1/21/2018
Jun G.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Class was so nice , l like it very much !

French Macaron

1/21/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Had a great time in this class! I would definitely recommend it :) We were so happy and proud that we made such high quality macarons. Honestly, I was surprised how well they turned out!

French Macaron

1/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

12/21/2017
Jonathan F.

Attended: French Macaron


Jonathan F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

12/16/2017
Helga P.

Attended: French Macaron


Helga P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

12/16/2017
Judith T.

Attended: French Macaron


Judith T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class

12/11/2017
Alicia C.

Attended: Couples Date Class: Chocolate Evening Class


Alicia C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

10/29/2017
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Fantastic class. Amazing to make macarons

French Macaron

6/25/2017
Laura W.

Attended: French Macaron


Great class---Chef Simon is the nicest French chef you will meet--authentic, kind, and delicious!!!!

French Macaron

6/15/2017
Jason F.

Attended: French Macaron


Jason F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

4/10/2017
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

4/5/2017
jacqueline l.

Attended: French Macaron


jacqueline l. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Chocolate Evening Class

3/29/2017
Luis P.

Attended: Chocolate Evening Class


Unfortunately I had an emergency and was unable to attend. I called in and asked if someone could go in my place and was greeted by a friendly representative. My sister and my father went in my place and they said they had a blast. I was told the class was very thorough and they really enjoyed learning how to make the truffles.

French Macaron

2/23/2017
Antionette F.

Attended: French Macaron


Antionette F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

2/16/2017
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

2/15/2017
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Simon was a terrific teacher! Can't wait to take another class!

French Macaron

2/15/2017
Peldon T.

Attended: French Macaron


The class was great. It was a hands on class which was what I wanted. Everyone got to try to make their own macarons under the chef's guidance. The chef was very knowledgeable, answered all questions and time was managed excellently. I can now make macarons having attended this class. Overall it was fun and I recommend this class strongly to anyone looking to learn a lot in a short span of time.

French Macaron

2/13/2017
Uma T.

Attended: French Macaron


Uma T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

2/12/2017
Emma T.

Attended: French Macaron


Emma T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Chocolate Evening Class

2/1/2017
Eric H.

Attended: Chocolate Evening Class


Very much enjoyed this class. Simon is an excellent instructor.

French Macaron

1/22/2017
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

12/21/2016
Lisa C.

Attended: French Macaron


Lisa C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

11/13/2016
Olena T.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Olena T. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

10/12/2016
Dylan L.

Attended: French Macaron


Dylan L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

10/7/2016
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

8/27/2016
Diana V.

Attended: French Macaron


Diana V. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

8/25/2016
Mark Michael A.

Attended: French Macaron


Mark Michael A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

8/20/2016
Julianna A.

Attended: French Macaron


Julianna A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

7/29/2016
Michael W.

Attended: French Macaron


The class was extremely enjoyable and the chef running the event was very kind, knowledgeable, and a great teacher.

French Macaron

6/10/2016
Ridhima T.

Attended: French Macaron


Ridhima T. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

6/4/2016
Geetika S.

Attended: French Macaron


Geetika S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

3/6/2016
Grace R.

Attended: French Macaron


Grace R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

2/29/2016
Katie S.

Attended: French Macaron


Simon the teacher was so great!!!! Very patient. Funny. The macaroons came out amazingly. We were all in good hands. And I look forward to eating this entire box of delicious group made treats :)

French Macaron

12/8/2015
Leeann B.

Attended: French Macaron


I did not take the class as I received an email the day before the scheduled class that it was cancelled. It was a birthday gift for a friend who makes Christmas cookies for her family and friends every year. The plan was to have her take this course so she could introduce macarons to her array of treats. The next time we could take the class would be in January so it defeats the purpose. So disappointing on so many levels. I understand things can come up but cancelling the day before is unacceptable and unprofessional. People have very busy schedules (especially around the holidays and on the weekends) so reserving this day created a domino of inconveniences. When I responded to the email and expressed my concerns, I was simply given the next available class to take. Not the proper response.

French Macaron

11/16/2015
Benedicte V.

Attended: French Macaron


Benedicte V. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

11/16/2015
Robert R.

Attended: French Pastry Night


fun class, good instructor

French Pastry Night

10/15/2015
Anonymous

Attended: French Pastry Night


We were VERY VERY disappointed. This wasn't a cooking course, but rather a non-participating observer class. There wasn't equipment for anyone but the chef to bake, way too many people for the kitchen size. The very very basic of offering people water in a 2-hour course didn't exist. We were very disappointed in the course itself, but also in Course Horse for how it was falsely presented.

French Pastry Night

10/11/2015
Monica G.

Attended: French Pastry Night


I liked the class a lot, because the instructor chef was very good. He is very well prepared and it's easy to see that he has a lot of experience. He is a kind, patient person, that explains things very clearly and dominates the techniques. The results of what we did were great! I would definitely take another class! I also think that the kitchen where we took the class was very well equipped and everything was ready for the class.

French Macaron

8/3/2015
Felma R.

Attended: French Macaron


Felma R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

7/21/2015
Maureen J.

Attended: French Macaron


Maureen J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

6/17/2015
Asel A.

Attended: French Macaron


Asel A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

6/16/2015
Chris C.

Attended: French Macaron


Chef Simon is an excellent teacher.

French Macaron

6/14/2015
sofia g.

Attended: French Macaron


I loved the class. I'm able to make macarons now!

French Macaron

6/14/2015
Catherine R.

Attended: French Macaron


Catherine R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

5/24/2015
maxine w.

Attended: French Macaron


maxine w. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

5/3/2015
Lizzy H.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Lizzy H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

4/20/2015
Rachel I.

Attended: French Macaron


Amazing teacher, good value, perfect sized class. It was exactly what we could have wanted out of it, especially given the highly Technical, multi-stepped nature of the dish. It was so much fun and feels replicable at home. My boyfriend and I both left with smiles on our faces.

French Macaron

4/19/2015
William M.

Attended: French Macaron


William M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

4/13/2015
Dennis R.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Dennis R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

4/6/2015
Fred Y.

Attended: French Macaron


Fred Y. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

3/15/2015
David P.

Attended: French Pastry Night


David P. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

2/18/2015
delphine g.

Attended: French Pastry Night


delphine g. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

1/21/2015
Cait G.

Attended: French Pastry Night


Cait G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saturday

1/14/2015
Scott S.

Attended: Saturday "Bistro" Day


Scott S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saturday

1/11/2015
Megan L.

Attended: Saturday "Bistro" Day


Megan L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

11/26/2014
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


The recipe and teaching were really good, but the set up of the kitchen and the waiting time during the class were far less than great. there is no sink in the kitchen which does not seem totally sanitary. there is not good place for the group to sit together during the break time. Simon needs to be more organized in offering drinks, snacks and a place to gather. he should also introduce the recipe and process at the beginning outside of the kitchen so that people can be a bit more comfortable and bonded in the initial stage of the class. he did not really introduce himself.

French Macaron

11/25/2014
Stephanie S.

Attended: French Macaron


Stephanie S. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

11/8/2014
Anonymous

Attended: French Macaron


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

10/29/2014
Aniya S.

Attended: French Macaron


Aniya S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Macaron

9/30/2014
Meredith F.

Attended: French Macaron


Meredith F. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

French Pastry Night

9/25/2014
Jenny Matthau

Attended: French Pastry Night


Chef Simon is an outstanding teacher; he is a consummate professional, and made all his students feel comfortable, while empowering them to create class french desserts with delicious results. I had a wonderful time and highly recommend any of his pastry classes.

French Macaron

9/10/2014
Mindy Fintz

Attended: French Macaron


Mindy Fintz gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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