I’m not the new anything, I’m just the first me.

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Gregoire Michaud in Daily life...

I have been thinking for a while on how to start this post. It’s always the same with intense moments… so I guess the best way is to say it simply:

Yesterday was officially my last working day at the Four Seasons Hotel! Yes, I am embarking in a new fantastic adventure, chasing my lifelong dream of starting my own bakery!

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Every minute of the last 8 years I have spent with the  hotel was worth it. It has truly been the ride of a lifetime! From the pre-opening times, wearing a worker’s helmet, to the culmination in recognition, awards and other books published; I seriously would have never thought it would become so intense. What made it so intense is probably the bunch of people that we were as a team; all more talented one another, it created a unique dynamic. I will dearly miss my team – a bunch of exceptionally talented individuals that made it all possible. But also, I need to thank everyone else in the hotel – no matter who, everyone had an impact on my work at some point.

Being still (reasonably) young, and passionate about my craft brought me to the door step of living my dream after 21 years of baking: my own bakery. Together with a few equally passionate associates, we started a bakery with a very simple goal: bring delicious and authentic bread on Hong Kong’s dining tables. This alone is such an exciting thought! The breads and pastries we are going to bake will be the same standard that we’ve always baked, to the best of our abilities and beyond, because after all, this is what we do and this is who we are.

And so the story goes… the number 3 in the pastry will be the new number 2, the number 2 will be the new number 1…

and me? I will not be the new anything, I will just be the first me.

I guess if I didn’t have any aspiration to squeeze more greatness out of life, I probably would have stayed another 10 or 20 years working in the same position, because quite simply, I love what I do. But so it is that my ambitions are bigger than life… I am probably dreaming of achieving things I will never reach and so I believe it should be, a lifelong quest towards an ideal that perhaps, even my own mind can’t conceptualize yet. Pretty much like the old adage goes: It’s not the destination, it’s the journey that matters. In fact, I have never chased glory, and never will.  I just pursue happiness – something much more valuable than glory to my eyes.

My passion remains intact, if not growing stronger. I will continue to do what I do best: good food! And I will continue sharing it with all of you. I thank you all for the support over the years and look forward for many more delicious moments in the future! Stay tuned for many EXCITING things coming soon!

Discover Bread Elements website here (which isn’t really live yet:)) or our Facebook page here!

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