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“I am not very fond of sugar and sweet things, and yet I became a pastry chef.” The story of British pâtissière Rose Carrarini, whose quote adorns the wall in the growing number of cafe-bakeries that bear her name, is an eye-opener on many levels.

It’s not just that the cofounder of Rose Bakery is now famous for a talent she never realized she had. Nor that she has progressed from a hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop in London to becoming a surprising hit in Paris, and now the figurehead of a growing chain of chic-casual eateries in the fashion centers of Europe and East Asia.

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