By Elena Kadvany
Mademoiselle Colette plans expansion, hires new chefUploaded: Aug 17, 2018
Mademoiselle Colette has announced two big changes for the local French patisserie: a new chef and a third location.
Mademoiselle Colette, with locations in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, has a new executive chef in Nicolas Agraz. Agraz cut his teeth with French pastry chef Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak and Christophe Vasseur of famed Paris bakery Du Pain et Des Idées. He'll replace former pastry chef Orphée Fouano, who left in June.
"Leveraging his passion for amazing pastries and fine Parisian gastronomy," Argaz will be developing new menu items for Mademoiselle Colette, an announcement states.
Mademoiselle Colette's new chef, Nicolas Agraz. Photo courtesy Mademoiselle Colette.
Agraz will also help owner Debora Ferrand open her third location at 2401 Broadway St. in Redwood City, the former home of Pamplemousse Pâtisserie. Pamplemousse closed in December 2017 after 11 years of business.
Mademoiselle Colette's pain au chocolat. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Ferrand, who was raised in France and attended Alain Ducasse's cooking school in Paris, opened the first bakery in downtown Menlo Park in 2015. She expanded to downtown Palo Alto two years later.
Mademoiselle Colette serves pastries as well as brunch, lunch and wine.