Bernard Neveu, 52, has spent the past 30 years of his working life at Len˘tre, after an apprenticeship in his home town region, Haute-Savoie.
For the last 15 of these 30 years, he has been in charge of the Decoration Department at Len˘tre, which answers all sorts of special requests, depending on the orders and the customers.
In 1978, he won the prestigious ź Intersucre French Cup ╗, which made him the official French Champion for Patisserie Decoration for the next four years.
In 1982, he was sent by Len˘tre to Yamoussoukro, in Africa, for the inauguration of a university constructed by French construction giant Bouygues.
In 2002, he was the Len˘tre special envoy in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) for the wedding of a Saudi princess, in charge of the pÔtisserie side of the wedding.
A specialist of sugar, more than cakes, Bernard Neveu is now teaching sugar at the Len˘tre school, in addition to his responsibilities as Head of the Len˘tre Decoration Department.
He keeps some very fond memories of working with Gaston Len˘tre, who is now in his 80s, notably an 11-meter high piece of pÔtisserie and decoration which was photographed at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower.
What Bernard Neveu will always remember from Gaston Len˘tre is the permanent quest for quality, in the ingredients as much as in the staff he used to work with. A very demanding boss, Gaston Len˘tre's favorite sentence at work was : ź I don't care how much it costs, I want the best... ╗, according to Bernard Neveu.