We are not sure about you, but we are one of those people who adore the French accent. Actually, not only we love French accent. We also love French food. The buttery croissants, their delicious wines, the aged cheese and let’s not forget, the sweet
Thankfully in this day and age, we don’t need to travel across the globe to get a taste of French cuisine, especially living in a diverse city like Melbourne. We recently connected with talented Jolie (yes, that is her real name! If you have trouble pronouncing it, think of Angelina Jolie), born and raised in Melbourne with Chinese ethnicity who is very humble with her killer skill in
Did you know, Jolie means “pretty” in French? What an absolute coincidence when she fell in love with
Babylon Grey is very grateful to cross paths with a self taught
Jolie, tell us more about yourself and about your trip to Paris; what did you love most about it (other than your passion for the locally made
macarons of course!)?
I just completed my architectural studies and travelled to Paris for the first time as part of a mini architectural expedition around the east coast of France with my classmate. Paris is a wonderfully charming and elegant place to visit. I love that there are different temptations at the turn of every corner.
A couple of years later, when the likes of Laurent and Lindt started offering them at their stores, it became really hard for me to service the habit of buying them all the time! I also was yearning for one that had a strong
We love how you literally hand made every bit of Le Petit Jolie; what skill are you most proud of?
I think the best skill I have is perseverance. I’m proud to say that I am completely self-taught and I have never attended a
Because you do so much baking for Le Petit Jolie already; do you still cook at home; or perhaps bake cakes rather than
macarons? (Tell us your favourite dish to cook!)
My cooking repertoire is actually a lot wider than my baking. My grandfather was a chef, and so were my dad and my uncles. My mum is an amazing cook so I grew up eating a lot of good food and I think in turn I have adapted quite a discerning palate.
I love to cook probably just as much as I love to bake
I used to just go rogue on recipes substituting ingredients or reducing quantities. That’s what I normally do when cooking everyday meals – because when you try and put dinner on the table anything goes!
Baking is the exact opposite and it took me a long time to figure that out. Other than
It is amazing how you keep coming up with new flavours, where do you find your inspirations?
An example is the Rose raspberry and lychee, which is inspired by the French
Sometimes a foodie experience such as trying a delicious
We are very lucky to come across an inspiring business woman like you. What advice would you provide for those who only just started?
I’ve still got my training wheels on myself and I’m nowhere in a position to give practical advice. But I can share that we all should work to a philosophy and that is ‘Believe in yourself’. Self-love and self-respect are really important. And knowing your worth, a dear friend of mine once told me that.
Knowing to let go and not worry about putting too much effort in avenues, which would waste your time or degrade your product. By believing in yourself, the proof will come out in the love that you put into creating your product, which will lead others to believe and appreciate you. I’m by no means successful yet. In my short journey running my own business,
I’ve been touched and humbled by the encouragement from all sorts of people. Customers, repeat loyal customers, fellow bakers, small business owners, collaborators and random Instagrammers. It’s a wonderful feeling for me to see people supporting me and enjoying my product. I firmly believe that success could happen to anyone if they are passionate about what they do.
Lastly, if you were to build your dream kitchen for Le Petit Jolie; what would that entail?
I actually designed my current kitchen and had it fitted out about 4 years ago. It was purposely designed to be a food premises approved by my local council. The design has a bit of a Scandi feel to it with a mixture of blonde plywood and white cabinetry. It's got a continuous U-shape stainless steel worktop, pyrolytic oven, semi integrated dishwasher, pull out corner and pantry drawers and a really heavy duty exhaust hood fan. It’s not my dream kitchen, but with the size constraints and budget it works really well. It already has some pretty good features. My dream kitchen just needs to be three times bigger - with a walk in pantry and all of the above!
Jolie has told us that her favourite flavour to make would be Rose Raspberry and Lychee. The shell is infused with rosewater, there is a homemade raspberry and lychee jam centre, which is incased in a lychee scented Swiss meringue buttercream. It’s wonderfully fragrant and slightly tart, finished with freeze dried edible rose petals. Not only it is beautiful to look at, it is delicious too!
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As Julia Child would say
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it”.
Jolie has found her love for
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