Born in Normandy, Gontran Cherrier grew up in a family of boulangers in the small town of Luc-sur- Mer. As a fourth generation baker, it wasn’t long before Gontran earned his first stripes in his parents’ Parisian boulangerie.
At the age of 16, he attended the prestigious Ferrandi Culinary School. Then, at Les Grands Moulin de Paris bakery and patisserie school, the young chef began to evolve into the master baker he is today.
Gontran spent years learning in some of the best restaurants in the world, including three Michelin-starred restaurant l’Arpège and at Lucas Carton as a patissier, chocolatier and boulanger before dabbling in the world of publishing and television presenting.
In 2010 Gontran opened his first boulangerie in Montmartre, Paris, followed by a second in the 17th arrondissement, and a third in Germain-En-Laye in 2013.
Gontran chose Smith Street as the spot for his first boulangerie in Australia due to the similarities between Collingwood at Montmartre.
Like wine, the ground – or terroir – where the ingredients are grown has an impact on both the flavour and texture of the produce. So here in Melbourne we use the same Label Rouge flour as Gontran uses in Paris, imported directly from France, as well as French butter Lescure.
Gontran coming to Melbourne
Gontran is coming to Melbourne to participate in the upcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s River Graze, 31 March – 2nd April.
Gontran will be riverside serving up his signature croissants, pain au chocolate, hot cross buns and other delicious desserts to satisfy any sweet cravings throughout the event.