During the last 20 years, I have lived in several countries in Asia and North America. Living abroad is such a fantastic experience but it can also be quite challenging. This is something I have experienced in the past, especially in Japan. In fact, when I arrived in Tokyo I could hardly speak Japanese but I took part in cultural exchange classes. Thanks to these exchanges, I was able to learn a lot about the Japanese culture, food and customs. This is also how I made some wonderful Japanese friends. Such happy memories!
Back in France, working as a relocation consultant, I was in touch with expatriate families from various countries and I realized how difficult it could be for those families to settle in France.
This is how I came to set up “Les ateliers de Natalène”. I want to use my experience of being an expat myself, to share my knowledge about my country and its culture and help you enjoy your time in France. And a “sweet” way to discover French culture is to do it through learning how to make French pastries, one of my passions.
This passion for baking was born in my grandmother’s kitchen. I can still remember the exquisite smell of her special cake and how happy I was to share those “delicious” moments with her. Later on, I earned a degree in chemistry and more recently a CAP Pâtisserie (pastry chef diploma). French pâtisserie is unique and offers a wide range of recipes depending on the season of the year, the region of France, and even family traditions. French pâtisserie desserts are also important because they are the final flavor and “finishing touch” of a traditional French meal. But what I love most about French patisserie cooking (and eating!) is that it is a special moment that can be shared and that can bring pleasure and happiness to others.
I hope to see you soon!
Let’s share a part of French culture together!