Hong Kong Tatler Best Pastry Chef 2013

November 27th, 2012 | Posted by Gregoire Michaud in Daily life...

There was never and there still isn’t a day where my team let me down.

To receive such an award and recognition from the well-regarded Hong Kong Tatler is a true honor, a kind of achievement accomplished over so many late nights and early mornings during the past 20 years of my career, including 8 of them at the head of the pastry team for the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

It makes me immensely proud… but not of myself. I am proud of our team that made all of this possible.

I would never think of going out and about boasting about this award, because it isn’t my own; it’s an achievement shared with our pastry team. As a matter of fact, this blog post is merely the start of the huge homage our talented team deserves. Our team is very stable and everyone pitches in to the best of their ability. Somehow, where cultured, natural human kindness is an amazing mechanism that allows wonders to happen, for instance when everybody help each others depending on the strengths and the weaknesses of others, the team is balanced and so the machine can move forward.

Moving forward is good, but it doesn’t prevent us from moving in circle.

And that’s when the creative people on my team are shining – we talk, we have discussions where everyone is entitled to say what he thinks about either one of our projects or recipes. Discussion and open minds lays the ground for creativity, at times, my input is only there to ignite the spark that will inspire the thought of new wonderful creations. While physical teamwork is important, the human side of it is as important if not more. Of course, there are days where mistakes happen and where the ball is dropped – yes: as much as we strive for excellence, we are still human – the most important is to recognize our weaknesses, listen constructively to comments and build upon; and if today we don’t deliver 200%, tomorrow we will.

Thank you everybody!

 

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  • Marina

    Congratulations! You and your team rocks! I have learned so many pastry tricks from your blog and your videos, what you do deserves all awards out there! Thanks for teaching all your readers to make a great pastry!

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Thanks a lot Marina! Very much appreciated! :)

  • Maxine

    Congratulations! I hope one day I can be a pastry chef as amazing and knowledgeable as you are!

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Thank you Maxine, you make me blush :)
      I think we all have our own talents and I am sure there are things you do better than me!

  • http://twitter.com/azeliaskitchen Azélia’s Kitchen

    Congratulations my dear x

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Thanks Az!! :) xx

  • Colette

    Congratulations to you and to your whole team!!!Very inspiring post! I am sure you are surrounded with a group of very talented people but the fact that you as their head chef value each and every one of them, create an ambience where creativity is encouraged so that more minds can think and more eyes can see further (which is not often the case) makes you be so worthy of that title!!!
    So, my most wholehearted congratulations for insipiring us all, not just with beautiful (and delicious…I am sure..though I have yet to go to Hong Kong to try ;) ) pâtisserie but specially with a sensibility and human touch which many loose in their path to success and you are so generous as to share with us every step of the way!

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Wow!

      This is so nice of you Colette – I am really touched by your kind comment and I couldn’t agree more with you, especially about losing touch with our human nature when we grow. If you ever stop by Hong Kong, it will be my pleasure to invite you to taste our sweet creations! :)

      Thank you very much!

  • Ping

    Bravo! Excellent ! You and your team deserve this honor! Congratulations!

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Merci beaucoup Ping! Your products are part of our success! ;)

  • Janet

    Lucky us to have a great pastry team in Hong Kong. Congratulation and keep up the deliciousness!

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Thank you so much Janet! :-)

  • Philipp Tresch

    Congrats to you and your’e team @ the 4 Seasons. What a great achievement..!

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Thanks a lot Philipp! Much appreciated from a great chef like you! :)

  • http://twitter.com/flourMonkey David Green

    Nice one. Congratulations Chef. Good to see the accolades being spread amongst a strong team.

    • http://gregoiremichaud.com Gregoire Michaud

      Thanks David! Much appreciated from all the team and myself! :)

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