After being born and raised in Lyon, France, the French capital of gastronomy, Stephane’s vision of crafting beautiful artisan pastries started at the early age of 16. With two diplomas in hand, one for Baking and another for Pastry Art, Stephane mastered his skills in Lyon before receiving the honor of becoming the head baker at La Cigale in Beirut, Lebanon. After 7 years at one of the most prestigious pastry shops in Lebanon (La Cigale), Stephane decided it was time to leave Beirut and make the move to Philadelphia with his family where he began working as the head baker for George Perrier and his signature restaurants. Seeing an opportunity to expand the culinary scene of Philadelphia in 2008, Stephane founded and opened, Au Fournil Inc., his own French Artisanal bakery. A few years later in 2012, Au Fournil Inc. proved to be a mainstay supplying the top restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Needing more hands on the team for the rapidly growing business, Stephane’s wife, Nayla, decided to join the team as a full time member.