Praline is a pastry shop and café established in May 2017 by Norma Kelly. Norma is an award winning pastry chef having qualified with an honours degree in Culinary Arts from Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street. Norma keeps her skillset updated by regularly taking part in and winning many culinary and pastry competitions. Her most notable achievement representing Ireland in the Cocao Barry UK and Ireland World Chocolate Masters in 2015, where she won the category for ‘Best Moulded Praline’ with her Hot Whiskey flavoured chocolate.
Norma first came across the word Praline during a ‘stage’ in Juane Le Pin in the south of France as part of her training. A French Praline is a delicate mixture of roasted almonds or hazelnuts and caramelised sugar while the addition of chocolate makes it a Belgian praline. The word stuck with Norma throughout her career and reflects her love of all things pastry related and when the opportunity came to open her own café it felt like the perfect name.
Norma’s aim is to make Praline the go-to destination for superior quality cakes & pastries to suit all occasions. In order to give the complete café experience it was imperative that the beverages on offer matched the quality of the cakes. Praline serve Mean Bean Coffee who are a Waterford based company and who’s coffee is the perfect match to Praline’s offerings.