Lan­guages ga­lore at this Al­ge­rian baker’s French pas­try shop

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

Name: Kamel Mah­foudia Age: 45 Po­si­tion: Pro­pri­etor, French Con­fec­tion Job de­scrip­tion: I am the founder and owner of a new patis­serie (French pas­try shop) called French Con­fec­tion, lo­cated at 1 Wil­son St. (at James Street North). How did you come to be in this job?

I have al­ways loved bak­ing, and I know tra­di­tional French and Al­ge­rian bak­ing. I worked in a bak­ery in Paris, and I have also owned sev­eral types of busi­nesses. When I moved to Hamilton last year, I saw an op­por­tu­nity. What gets you up in the morn­ing? I lit­er­ally get up in the morn­ing to bake! I love bak­ing for my cus­tomers. Some of the cus­tomers come early so that they can get my crois­sants while they are still warm. Lessons learned?

I have been in Hamilton just over a year and I have found peo­ple here to be wel­com­ing and kind, de­spite my limited English. I now am ac­tively work­ing on my English, in­clud­ing tak­ing classes at St. Charles Adult and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion.

Roots: Trans­plant. I was born in Al­ge­ria and grew up close to the sea and the beach, where my mother taught me to bake. I moved to Spain and later to Paris, where I learned a lot be­fore fi­nally mov­ing to Canada. I speak French, Span­ish, Cat­alon, Ara­bic and now English.

Re­cent so­cial me­dia post(s): Mint can im­prove fo­cus and make you feel more cen­tred, en­joy our re­fresh­ing mint tea next time you stop by for a treat. #OuiHamOnt

Con­tacts: French­con­fec­tion2017@gmail.com; face­book.com/FrenchCon­fec­tion

Favourite place in Hamilton: I re­ally love Cale­do­nia, where I am liv­ing with my cousin. It is peace­ful and re­lax­ing to be in the coun­try­side at the end of each day.

What would make Hamilton a bet­ter city: Hamilton and its peo­ple are very warm and wel­com­ing. I would love to see more out­door seat­ing and more of a café cul­ture.

What’s next for you? I hope to be the best and big­gest provider of French pas­tries to Hamil­to­ni­ans, and to pro­vide a gath­er­ing place for peo­ple to en­joy each other’s com­pany.

This fea­ture was co-or­di­nated by the Hamilton Im­mi­gra­tion Part­ner­ship Coun­cil (HIPC), Global Hamilton and Work­force Plan­ning Hamilton to high­light pro­fes­sion­als from a di­ver­sity of back­grounds. If you know an im­mi­grant pro­fes­sional or en­tre­pre­neur who would make a good can­di­date for this se­ries, con­tact Hamilton Im­mi­gra­tion Part­ner­ship Coun­cil at im­mi­gra­tion.part­ner­ship@hamilton.ca.

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMILTON SPEC­TA­TOR

Kamel Mah­foudia, 45, is the pro­pri­etor of French Con­fec­tion, a new bak­ery down­town at Wil­son Street and James Street North.

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