AN AWARD-WINNING chef in Newport has created a special Valentine's Day dessert, taking inspiration from one of the UK's most famous, but mysterious, artists.

Pasquale Cinotti, the chef at Gem42 in Bridge Street, said the panna cotta-based dessert would be a one-day exclusive on his restaurant's special six-course Valentine's Day taster menu.

Taking inspiration from the modern art world, the dessert ­– titled 'Receiving in Giving' – is based on the iconic Balloon Girl mural by street artist Banksy.


Using panna cotta, elderflower, limoncello, and a Prosecco and summer fruit sorbet, Mr Cinotti and his pastry chef have created a dessert that is as delicious as it is visually impressive.

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"We've prepared an amazing dessert," the chef said. "We really follow that type of art, and we aimed to reproduce the concept.

"The balloon itself is shaped like a heart, and the girl is catching the balloon. Many people see it as the girl letting it go, but we can also interpret it as her receiving it."

The Banksy-inspired treat isn't the first time Mr Cinotti has created a spectacular Valentine's Day dessert.

In 2011, the Argus reported on how the chef had sculpted a beautiful romantic scene – covered in hearts, cherubs, and flowers – out of a 100-kilogram block of white chocolate.