Local pastry chef gets job at Elysee Palace in Paris
A 29-year-old Taiwanese pastry chef has received an offer to work at the Elysee Palace in Paris next month after a month and a half internship there, the United Daily News reported Sunday.
Hsing Lun- yi ( ) , who returned to Taiwan for a brief visit recently to get engaged, will be the first Taiwanese ever to work at the official residence of France's president, the Chineselanguage newspaper said.
Hsing found his passion for desserts only after graduating from Nan Ying Vocation High School’s Department of Data Processing in Tainan.
He began working part-time at Taiwanese restaurants and then saved NT$1.5 million (US$48,750) on his own to pay for studies in France, the report said.
Flying to France in 2012, Hsing spent one and half years in a language school before going to the Paris-based Centre Europeen des Professions Culinaires (European Center for Culinary Professions, (CEPROC).
“I could only budget three euros for each meal,” Hsing was quoted as saying by the United Daily News when recalling his days as a student in France.
While many of his classmates submitted internship applications to restaurants or hotels, Hsing chose a rarely targeted destination — the Elysee Palace — but could not figure out how to gain access to apply for an opportunity.
One day, Hsing tried walking around the palace looking for a way in but was eventually stopped by an armed security guard there who was suspicious of the young Taiwanese chef's intentions.
After asking Hsing what he was doing around the mansion and searching him and his backpack, the armed security guard gave Hsing contact information for the presidential residence's personnel department head.
Hsing then sent his resume to the contact to apply for an internship, and he received an admission notice after one month.
“I would never have had a chance if I didn't give it a try.”
Compared with the master chefs working at the Elysee Palace, Hsing was extremely green, having just switched to his new profession.
He worked 15 hours a day during his internship to learn his craft, more than double the seven hours a day put in by other interns.
After serving as an intern for one and a half months, Hsing's dedication was rewarded by his supervisor, who offered him a contract to become a formal pastry chef starting in July.
He is expected to work at least two years at the Elysee Palace before pursuing his dream — running his own dessert store in Taiwan.