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Meet Michel, Owner of COBS Bread Orléans

Opening June 29th!

We are so excited to welcome Michel and his family to the COBS Bread family! Originally from the Ottawa area, Michel, his wife Julie, and their son Jacob will all be playing a part in opening the first COBS Bread bakery in Orléans. Keep reading to learn a little more about what prepared them for this new adventure.

What did you do before becoming a COBS Bread bakery owner?

I started in grocery many years ago- and my first role in grocery was as a bakery manager! In the time leading up to COBS Bread, I owned and operated a franchised grocery store for 16 years. A few years ago, we decided it was time for a change, so we started looking at other franchise opportunities.

Why did you decide to go with COBS?

I had actually never heard of COBS Bread before, but when I started searching for franchise opportunities,  an ad showed up on my Facebook feed! At first, I was not sure about opening a bakery, as I know carbs can be susceptible to dietary trends, but I wanted to check it out. I went to the Barrhaven bakery, bought some stuff and brought it home. We devoured it and were sold. In addition to that, the staff was very friendly and we really enjoyed the experience. The next day, I applied to become a COBS Bread franchisee.

What are you looking forward to about your new bakery?

I’m looking forward to being very hands-on. I’m a hands-on person! I love making bread and I love to cook. I really enjoy baking from scratch, and seeing the finished product. People love the product and I enjoy serving the community. I also love leading a team and developing staff.

Before joining COBS, were you much of a baker?

Other than my experience as a bakery manager, not really!

My favourite things to make are Cinnamon Buns. I like when they come out and to see the perfect swirls! I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and my son and I compete with each other to see who can create a more perfect Cinnamon Bun swirl.

I actually really love cooking. My favourite dish to cook is Beef Wellington. While it’s time consuming and takes practice to get it right, it’s worth it.

How are you planning on getting involved in the community?

My previous business I always liked to support kids- soccer, hockey, schools, breakfast programs. I enjoy supporting the youth of the community.

What else do you do for fun?

Before I moved here I was a minor hockey coach! It’s one of my passions. I look forward to getting back into it after the initial activity and excitement of the bakery.