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Owner of Folds Pâtisserie and Grand Diplôme® alumna Wendy Lau.

On the 15th of March Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand, in partnership with Alliance Française Auckland and Folds Pâtisserie, hosted its second event within the city of Auckland. Aspiring culinary professionals where invited to learn about Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand’s exciting programmes and short course offerings, including an alumni workshop and presentation from Alliance Française Auckland.


Yves-Louis Dorsemaine, Director of Alliance Française Auckland.

The Director of Alliance Française Auckland, Yves-Louis Dorsemaine, attended despite the institutes busy schedule to provide an overview of the great variety of classes and events Alliance Française Auckland offers throughout each year. Local college students then had the chance to ask questions and participate in a small workshop led by Grand Diplome alumna Wendy Lau as she demonstrated the basics of choux pastry while discussing her time studying at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. 

Wendy’s business, Folds Pâtisserie, has found success as a physical storefront after an initial 2 years of being an online business. Wendy exemplifies how a traditional French culinary education can be adapted to celebrate any culture with her French South East Asian fusion that seamlessly blends techniques gained from Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand and flavours from her younger years in Malaysia and Brunei.

Wendy teaching two students from Ōrewa College.

We would like to thank the Restaurant Association of New Zealand for providing the facilities, Yves-Louis Dorsemaine and the team from Alliance Française Auckland for their continued support and partnership, and Wendy owner of Folds Patisserie for sharing her story and expertise with a new generation. We look forward to offering more events and alumni workshops in the future for Auckland residents. 

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