Interview and photograph by Florence Noble

Quentin Borgeaud serves up featherlight confections at the Philippe’s Pastries stall at the Saturday morning La Cigale farmers market at Britomart.

Are you from Auckland?

No, I’m from a suburb in Paris. I arrived in January for one year.

Do you like it?

Yes I love it. I am looking forward to summer, and going to the beach.

What do you sell here?

Philippe’s pastries. They are made fresh in the Philippe’s bakery.

What’s the most popular?

Croissants and almond croissants.

Which is your favourite?

Pain au chocolat.

I am a bit obsessed with the pear and chocolate pastry. With a black coffee. 


What’s your dream job?

I don’t know, but I really love the audio-visual domain and industrial maintenance. I studied that in France. 

What does that entail?

Repairing machinery, often in factories, but not always. I enjoy repairing things.

What’s your idea of fun?

Doing things with friends. I like to go to festivals with friends, especially. 

Are you studying?

I was a student in an English language school. Because I was very bad in English.

Your English is getting good!

It is much better than before!

What’s your favourite hidden Auckland City spot?

I like the bar Provedor, I think it’s my favourite place. And I like Nomads, the backpackers where I stay. There are always friends and traveling people to hang out with.