Say ‘Bonjour’ to Gigi & Chix Bonbon
With a love of all things French and a natural flair and undeniable talent for cooking and pastry making, it was only natural that Angela Joy should open her very own Patisserie in Pokolbin.
A short stint living in France with her daughters in 2019 was all Angela needed to start thinking along the lines of opening her own French Patisserie. That and the constant encouragement from friends and family who have long recognised the talent of the self-trained pastry chef.
“It was while living in Bordeaux, contemplating the future, and debating whether to open a high- end children’s clothing shop or pursue my passion for French cuisine that I finally decided to open a French patisserie,” said Angela.
When a shop became available at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, Angela completely refurbished the building, purchased new kitchen equipment, new furniture and artwork and painted the entire shop a monument blue colour.
Angela named the patisserie “Gigi & Chix” – the pet name of her two daughters who are aged three and six, as cute as can be and her pride and joy.
“This was to be my second home, so I wanted it to reflect who I was, my personality, individuality and passion. This is evident in the name, the colours, the furniture, and artwork. Also, having been born and raised in Zimbabwe, I wanted to instil in it a part of my African culture, which I am so proud of,” said Angela.
Angela believes that “the devil is in the detail” which is abundantly evident in the delicious pastries made in the onsite kitchen each day, and which are true works of art.
Customers can expect an authentic sensory experience with a stunning range of cakes, tarts, eclairs, pastries and savouries aplenty, as well as coffee from the famous The Grounds of Alexandria. Customers can also choose to dine in or take-away or book a high tea on the premises Gigi & Chix Bonbon was opened for business in November, and it rapidly became popular with locals and visitors keen to explore the flavours of the sweet and savoury delights that everybody has been talking about.
For Angela, the aim is to provide people with a unique experience – a stylish Patisserie with freshly made produce and superb coffee to be enjoyed in elegant surrounds. A patisserie that is precisely what it looks like, and what it looks like is deliciously decadent. So go ahead – treat yourself!