Nicole Arroyas, is born and raised in London. When she was seven when she started working as a hostess at Archie’s, the fish-and-chips restaurants owned by her parents, Alain and Donna Arroyas. At 13, she started working in the kitchen. She thrived on the rush and bustle of the kitchen and was managing the restaurant by the time she was 16.
After high school her passion for food led her to move to France, where she studied at one France’s leading culinary schools, Institute Paul Bocuse, in Lyon. Nicole interned with chef Pascal Barbot at Astrance, a 3 start Michelin restaurant. She finished up with another tough, but rewarding internship with Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s star chefs at the 5 star Plaza Athenee. She passed her Red Seal Certification in Culinary in 2002.
After being asked to create her cousin’s wedding cake in 2003 she got the thrill for cake decorating and immediately enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America for a wedding cake decorating course. She then began a small wedding cake business out of the basement of her parent’s restaurant and helped out at Archie’s at the same time.
Things started to change when the word spread that Chris Squire was selling the building at 460 King St. that housed the Auberge du Petit Prince. The Arroyas family decided to purchase the building. They renovating the 125-year-old building and brought back the name Auberge du Petit Prince. Nicole ran the restaurant for 5 years before the love of pastry could not hold off any longer. Nicole decided that it was the right time and opportunity to open Petit Paris in The Covent Garden market.
The patisserie soon became a success! Nicole expanded her business to not only be a retail patisserie but to also supply some of London’s finest Hotels, Restaurants and Catering companies. Nicole’s true love for pastry pushed her to give up the restaurant and focus solely on her dreams.
Her vision for delicious dessert is simple; desserts made from whole products and unmistakable flavours and of course it must taste as good as it looks!
Petit Paris has expanded and added The Coop Rotisserie located in the Covent Garden Market. The Coop offers delicious brine, slow roasted hormone free chicken with home style made from scratch sides!
Most recently Petit Paris has also been proud to introduce Maca & Co. an online on French artisanal Macarons. Maca & Co. ships across Canada our premium delicious macarons.