Patisserie and Bakery Westbourne | Bournemouth | Dorset
Patisserie and Bakery Westbourne | Bournemouth | Dorset
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Michael began his training as an inspired 17-year old, at Bournemouth and Poole College when he undertook his three year basic training in Catering. He also trained at the renowned cookery school 'Le Notre' in Plastir, France, where his passion for Sugarcraft, Boulangerie, Chocolate and Pattiserre flourished.


Michael then started his career in London, where his first job was at Langan's Brassiere. He then moved to the 5 Star Sheraton Park Towers, which is where Michael discovered his love of pastry.

Over the following 13 years he worked in many Hotels and Restaurants to further expand his knowledge and expertise. Some of these included:


The Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. where Michael was privileged to experience the work of Monsieur Louis Outhier (Restaurant L'Oasis France) and his team of chefs including Pierre Provost and Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Lipstick cafe,Vong).


At this time Michael was invited to Amman in Jordan to help produce the Wedding Cake and banquet for Prince Faisal bin Al hussein of Jordan son of the King of Jordan. Michael was also instrumental in the opening of 5 Star The Excelsior Galia in Milan ,Italy.

 

Prince Faisal bin Al hussein Wedding Cake


The Royal Festival Hall, Michael was asked to design a 10 year commemorative Silver Jubilee replica cake for the Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. This was a highlight of Michael's career, to be introduced to them both.



 

Burts Restaurant, part of the Indigo Jones group (Paul Gaylor).

 

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, one of the first 5 Star Deluxe hotels in Edinburgh.


The Lanesborough Hotel, Park Lane ,London, acclaimed to be the first 6 Star hotel in London. Michael was pivotal in the hotel opening and continued to work alongside Paul Gaylor.


The Ivy Restaurant, famous celebrity restaurant, twinned with Le Caprice, worked with Mark Hix.

 

The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge,London.(Andrew Turner)

 


In 1994 – Michael was the Head Pastry Lecturer at Le Cordon Bleu, London – where he taught students The patisserie diploma comprising courses at three levels:
basic techniques of patisserie, developing skills to produce classic French desserts and pastries, such as croquembouche, intensive work on specialized skills, including chocolate work, decorative sugarwork, and Boulangerie.

 


 

Michael was then approached to be part of a team to open a teaching school in Taiwan,The Renaissance School Of Culinary Arts so in 1996 he moved, with his wife and two very young children to Taiwan, where they lived until returning to England in 2000.


Michael worked in Mosimanns, London –as Executive Pastry Chef until 2002. Michael was privileged to cater for parties for Prince Charles, in London and at at Highgrove House and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Also private parties for Tony Blair (Then Prime minister) and his wife, Bill Clinton (ex-president), and other high profile people. Michael also did promotional work for Anton Mossiman in Switzerland and Singapore.

 


Michael then ventured into the developmental side of the industry and found himself working, for a huge development food company, for 11 years, where his development concepts won numerous food awards.



Michael has a vision to bring his years of knowledge and skills, to produce what local people want!! Locally sourced, organically produced, fresh as possible. Delicious tasting, quality bread and pastries, fabulous sandwiches, great coffee and drinks and seasonal variety and choice.


All hand made by professional, caring passionate people, who listen to what you want – to provide a 'mmmn' moment amid the hustle and bustle of daily life.


We endeavour to work with the local community , using local butchers, suppliers etc to become a part of your village life – after all it is our village too- we live here and love it too !!!

'"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched they are felt with the heart"

48b Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9DZ

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