We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Delepiere and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I started baking out of my Brooklyn apartment in March 2020, when the pandemic hit the world, and demand for home deliveries in New York struck an all time high, as of course it did nationwide. At first, I started baking for the family, but quickly realized that I had a unique marketplace literally on my doorstep. My son and I positioned ourselves on our Greenpoint stoop offering sealed cups of freshly squeezed lemonade from a table filled with individually bagged freshly baked croissants, pains au chocolat, baguettes and brioches, and then waited for the Sunday morning foot traffic to pass us by; everyone stopped, everyone bought. Soon after, I would be approached in the street with requests for large quantities of my baked goods, as well as gateaux and fruit tarts for birthdays and anniversaries. My next step was to acquire a much larger food mixer, and order my ingredients in bulk from a wholesaler.
To publicise the setting up of my home artisan boulangerie and patisserie I posted on social media the offer of a free baguette for every Lemon tart purchased, and over night my business took off; first amongst the French community, then throughout Brooklyn, and deep into the heart of Manhattan, all via word of mouth and the immediacy of the internet.
I had previous experience from my time creating breads and desserts in the bustling kitchens of my husband’s two family owned and highly acclaimed Paris based restaurants, PARIS HANOI and LITTLE HANOI, where my husband was chef, but I never had my own bakery, which has always been my dream.
I grew up in Aix En Provence, surrounded by fields bursting with color from the tall, proud sunflowers, and the fragrant, purple headed lavender. In every French village when I was growing up, the bakery was the village hub, and every morning my father would buy 6 baguettes and an assortment of pastries from our Boulangerie to feed our large family throughout the day. I loved to accompany him, breathing in the aromas of the breads fresh from the oven, and the chocolate batons at just the right consistency cushioned in the warm folds of the pains au chocolat.
The most important factor of my success is the passion and heart that I put into my creations, with a large pinch of French savoir faire, which is immediately identifiable across the entire world. But, even more essential and integral is the quality of my ingredients. I only cook using the very best organic ingredients, incorporating fresh, seasonal produce, thereby building valuable relationships with local farmers and producers. My flours and a few other key ingredients I import from France, guaranteeing the authenticity of my creations.
I want to contribute to changing the way we live, think and eat, choosing to bake in such a way that nourishes both the body and mind; on my website’s list of ingredients will be indicated their origins, with the farmer and producer’s name alongside.
My LA dream is to finally have my own bakery offering a slice of Aix En Provence to be enjoyed in the Californian sunshine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It all started in her beautiful and luminous Provence in France, to the sounds of cicadas singing and the delicate perfume of lavender, I was a dreamy and shy child.
Artist at heart, thanks to the talents of a mother pianist and the magical pencil strokes of a landscape architect father, my passion with pastry caught on from an early age. I cooked and baked after school, feasting on family and friends.
After studying law at the University of Aix Provence for which I was also passionate, I then entered the cultural world for a few years. It was when I met my husband, Hando, a Vietnamese chef who owns two famous family restaurants, Paris Hanoi and Little Hanoi in the heart of Paris, that I returned to the culinary arts. We started to work together and create a kitchen laboratory , a cooking book, a culinary consulting business, lots of unforgettable trips and dreams over the stars.
In 2009, I discovered New York with wonder. It’s a revelation, it’s obvious… I knew and felt that my life was going to be transformed.
In early 2019, the dream came true and I moved from Paris to New York with my family to explore the opportunity to develop a Vietnam home incorporating Vietnamese cuisine, Vo Vietnam martial art and the holistic treatment of reflexology, three disciplines at the service of the wellness.
In March 2020, the pandemic changed the entire planet and turned my life for the better, giving me the gift of daring to realize my dream. For the first time in my life, I saw the opportunity to pause, reflect and focus on one essential question … the meaning of my life. I decided instinctively to create my own boutique style, a home bakery.
Home Sweet Nest Bakery was born.
The kitchen in my brownstone is transformed into a professional bakery for making baguettes, sourdough breads, pastries, pies, cakes and other delicacies of famous French entremets.
Orders were multiplying and customers of all nationalities were delighted to find, during this challenging period, a little comfort in these delicious pastries bake with love and authenticity.
After 2 years in New York, my family and I chose to cross the country towards the Californian coast and settle in Los Angeles with the beautiful project of opening my French bakery and always with the same intention of the heart, giving the best to the body and spirit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My big shoutout goes to the Greenpointers community in Brooklyn who supported me and my business from the start during the pandemic. Also, I want to thank all the journalists of Le Petit Journal in NY and the magazine France Amérique for their great articles. And a special shoutout to my family and friends for being my best supporters and my taste buddies!
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