Nadège Pâtisserie

Nadège Pâtisserie
www.nadege-patisserie.com
 

It may be just over a year old but already Nadège Pâtisserie is the talk of Toronto. The clean, modern space on the east edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park is the culinary offspring of Nadège and her husband Morgan who spent 4 months transforming a photography studio into a pastry shop. 


Nadège’s vision included an open kitchen to ensure full transparency and so that customers would be able to see the pastry chefs at work, using only the freshest and best quality ingredients. The interior of the bakery cum café is mercifully free of trinkets and unnecessary decoration – Nadège does not want to distract the customers from the most important thing – her food!

A fourth generation pastry chef hailing from Lyon, France, Nadège attended the prestigious Institut National de la Boulangerie-Pâtisserie in Rouen. She fast-tracked the program due to her prior experience (she had been working in a kitchen since she was 13 and working with pastry since the age of 18) and emerged with three diplomas.  Embarking on a culinary “tour de France” right after graduation, Nadège proceeded to acquire valuable regional experience all over the country in some of the highest-end boulangeries and pâtisseries.  She chose her cities for the chefs who worked there and worked with top quality pastry chefs in the Alps, Provence, Brittany, Lyon and Paris.

After a short sojourn in Swede, Nadège found herself in London where she worked at the esteemed Ivy Restaurant for about 2 years.  She was lured out of this job by Pierre Hermé’s former right hand man, a pastry chef who was embarking on a new project – a high end Chinese tea house serving French pastries for both dine-in and retail – the little sister to the celebrated Hakkasan restaurant, called Yauatcha. There, Nadège managed a team of 25 pastry chefs for 4 years.

During her time in London, Nadège met Morgan, the brother of a former flatmate and Ivy colleague who was first visiting his brother, then living in London.  Morgan’s family background is in the restaurant business; his father owned The Penny Farthing back in the late1950s – the first restaurant in Toronto to serve food on a patio – and later, Chez Cappuccino.  Morgan’s experience was varied – he did a little bit of everything – both in the kitchen and at the front of house.  Like Nadège, he had also dreamed of owning and running his own restaurant.

Together, Nadège and Morgan moved to Toronto in search of the perfect space to house their vision.  Four months of near-constant searching resulted in their current location and three months after laying eyes on it, they had the keys in their hand.  Nearly four months of intensive work ensued (they did much of it themselves), working with a designer and navigating their way around a ton of red tape.

On July 8th 2009, Nadège welcomed Toronto to a place that doesn’t need to pretend to be French – it is French!  Within three hours, they were sold out. 1000 customers graced Nadège with their presence on that first day!

Nadège offers a wide range of goods starting with basic bakery items like croissants and pain au chocolat:

Nadège Pâtisserie

Nadège Pâtisserie

And had brought the macaron to the masses:

Nadège Pâtisserie

Unsurprisingly, macarons are amongst Nadège’s best sellers along with their exquisite cakes and pastries.

Nadège Pâtisserie

Nadège Pâtisserie

Nadège Pâtisserie

Nadège’s patio opened in May 2010 and is a great place to enjoy coffee and a sweet treat or even a light lunch:

Nadège Pâtisserie

Nadège Pâtisserie


To cope with the store’s popularity, Nadège has expanded her team in the kitchen to include five other pastry chefs, which will grow to eight by September 2010.  They are starting to move into some larger catering jobs and are on the radar of many an event planner.  They recently catered an event at The Bay celebrating a new clothing collection for which they created matching macarons!  They are a popular spot for wedding favours too.

Nadège uses local ingredients as much as possible – even substituting her beloved French butter (not able to be imported due to Ontario’s dairy product importing laws) for Canadian butter! – though she does import some products from France (including the melt in your mouth Madrange ham featured in some of her sandwiches).

Nadège Pâtisserie

With top-notch products like this, the sky really is the limit for this enterprising culinary dynamic duo! I will look forward to see what the future brings for Morgan and Nadège.  In the meantime, cheers – Happy First Anniversary and here’s to many more!

 

Nadège Pâtisserie


(yes, that’s a chocolate covered macaron!)

Nadège Patisserie
780 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1G2
(416) 368-2009

Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher and part-time food blogger based in Toronto.  Her blog, eat.live.travel.write focuses on culinary adventures both near and far because she travels as often as she can!

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