Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is stepping into a time machine this season and descending into the Ottoman Empire with French Trudon. Many famous people and historical events have been a great inspiration for the world’s oldest candle manufacturer. The five-star hotel’s Chef and Patissier allowed themselves to be drawn into Trudon’s history by smell and taste. The result is a beautiful selection of savoury and sweet delicacies inspired by greats of history. 

The prestigious Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam and Trudon both date back to the 17th century. While Trudon was founded in Paris by a merchant, over 500 kilometres away, 17-century palaces were built on the Herengracht – now the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Now, almost 400 years later, Trudon and Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam are joining forces for the World of Trudon Afternoon Tea. 

From Louis XIV’s favourite to a Marie Antoinette creation

The culinary and historical journey begins with six savoury creations. Argentine politician Ernesto Guevara, for instance, is an inspiration for the creation of the cigar of beef and smoked ash. Then it is time for the salmon and cucumber, a translation of Josephine de Beauharnais’ flower garden. Inspired by Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite royal summer residence, you then enjoy a unique variation of the Scotch egg. The journey continues to the Ottoman Empire (1299 to 1923), when it was a tradition to start a meal with a light broth of beef, vegetables and yoghurt. Finally, the savoury part concludes with a vol-au-vent with truffle, Louis XIV’s favourite, and a homemade brioche roll with foie gras and apple reduction, inspired by Marie Antoinette. 

The first sweet taste sensation starts with Gabriel and his angel wings. Next, enjoy an edible candle made of apple, lemon, ginger and mint, inspired by Abd El Kader. Then it is time for a madeleine of chocolate, lavender and honey, a tribute to horseman and fencer Madeleine de Maupin. Afterwards, taste a translation of Trudon’s Odalisque candles. The Patissier is also only too happy to welcome Josephine de Beauharnais. Because of her love of gardens, he created an éclair made of kaffir lime, jasmine and coconut. The Afternoon Tea ends with a cake of bergamot, pear and honey that is a tasteful reference to the CIRE candle.  

Book a table for the Afternoon Tea via the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam website. The Afternoon Tea will be available from Wednesday 20 October. It will be served every Wednesday to Sunday in the iconic Peacock Alley from 15:00 to 17:00 for €65.00 per person.