''My greatest desire is to make people smile and to keep creating. Creating is my passion. I love experimenting with innovative flavours and designs. I will always have an eye for detail while keeping quality, subtlety and creativity in mind. My years of experience and know-how keep my customers coming back.'' - Arnaud Valade
Arno graduated as a pastry chef from the Lycée Hôtelier François Rabelais in Lyon, France in 1989 and worked in various gourmet restaurants recognized by the Michelin Guide and Gault and Millau in France and Switzerland.
In 1992, Arno decided to immigrate to Montreal and worked for a famous pastry shop, Ducs de Lorraine, as well as for the Congress Center and the Westin Mont-Royal hotel. After 9 years, he decided to return to France where he owned a pastry shop in Pujaut next to Avignon for 6 years. During that time, he received several gold and silver medals for his pastries and chocolate creations.
In 2007, Arno received an offer to work in Australia, where he had the opportunity to pursue his knowledge and work experience. He also won awards for his pastry creations while working as an executive pastry chef for a renowned bakery in Brisbane (Queensland).
In 2011, At the end of his contract in Australia, Arno received an offer to work in Edmonton as a bakery Manager and Pastry Chef.
In 2014 , Arno decided to start his own business: Arno's Fine French Pastry Inc., starting out by selling his pastries at the Edmonton Farmer's Markets. After finding success in the local Farmer's Markets, Arno opened up his own bakery in Downtown Edmonton. Since then, the business has grown tremondously through loyal clientele and fan base. Arno still sells his baking at the local Farmer's Markets every weekend.
In 2015, Arno won gold in the 2015 Canadian Food Championship and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and TV appearances.
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