France, where it is known as Crème a la Chantilly.
Crème a la Chantilly’s exact origins are unknown, legend has it that it was invented in the 17th century by Francois Vatel, maitre d’hotel at the Chateau de Chantilly. At the Chateau de Chantilly, Vatel supervised a huge banquet for Louis XIV and a reported 2000 guests, where he created the now famous cream for use in pastries. Sadly, Vatel would not be able to enjoy the later popularity of Chantilly cream. He committed suicide later that night, when he feared his fish would be served late.
Chantilly, France. The Chateau bears a storied history itself, the original mansion, built in 1528 but was destroyed in the French Revolution. It was rebuilt in 1875 by the Duc d’Aumale to augment the 17th century remains with a neo-gothic museum to house his fine collection of art. Works by Raphael, Titian, Poussin, Tiepolo as well as the extraordinary book of hours once owned by the Duc de Berry hang in the salon-style picture galleries.
An underrated and somewhat less congested domain than the Loire, the scenic Chateau de Chantilly makes an ideal day trip from Paris. Explore the eclectic home of the Princes of Conde and later the Duc d’Amale, sample Crème a la Chantilly at its birthplace, and delight in the extensive gardens.
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