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François Payard

A rediscovered pleasure

I’m not sure why, but there’s something engagingly romantic about the story of a middle-aged man who pauses mid-journey in order to take a step backward and re-live what is in essence a childhood fantasy. It seems to matter little whether this moment is as fleeting as a midnight craving for sweets, or if it manages to endure throughout the second half of his life. What is most important is the actual taking of the step, and the fact that it can create a clarifying moment that belongs only to that man, even if the action itself generates confusion from all those around him.

When a man begins working at an early age and slowly surrenders nearly every pleasure that he discovers through his early years, there comes a time later in life when stepping back and doing something that might be labeled “crazy” is more than inevitable; it is necessary to breathe, to continue living. For some, the simple purchase of a luxury sports car or an emboldened heads-first dive out of a perfectly good airplane will suffice. Quitting a corporate job to open a restaurant is the answer to some people’s dream, while ironically escaping from a restaurant’s grasp is others. For François Payard, one of the most famous and successful pastry chefs in the world, the rediscovery of a lost passion began when he was a boy, when he began earning money at what was supposed to be a summer job at the age of 13 for a man named Charles Ghignone.

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