Alex Lim (left) and Kenny Peck with a cake made especially for R.AGE, the youth section of 'The Star'. - Photos CHAN TAK KONG/The Star
Alex Lim and Kenny Peck can create everything from the classy to the wacky at their patisserie, Forêt Blanc.
YOU DON’T have to fly all the way to Paris to satisfy your sophisticated sweet tooth anymore – Alex Lim, 23, and Kenny Peck, 25, have made it possible for you to savour some decadent French desserts right here in Malaysia.
About nine months ago, the duo launched Forêt Blanc, a patisserie in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, and business has been booming. It has been both a blessing and a curse for the entrepreneurial bakers, because the two of them do all the work.
“It’s a real struggle when there are many orders to process in one go,” said Lim.
“We’ve had to sacrifice all our free time,” added Peck. “We work weekends and sometimes up until 4-5am. There are even times when we don’t sleep at all.”
The lack of extra hands is not the only reason the boys are overworked. Peck spends most of his days working as a full-time auditor at Ernst and Young.
“I’m actually very passionate about design,” he confessed. “But my parents felt like there was no future in the art industry, so they insisted I pursue something more conventional. Hence, accounting.”
It wasn’t until he met Lim did he realise he could combine his love for pastries with his love for structural designs.
Lim, on the other hand, has a degree in culinary arts. After doing various internships, he realised that working under another chef in a large prestigious kitchen would not be nearly as fulfilling as building a name for himself on his own.
“When you’re working in a hotel, you have fewer responsibilities. It’s not like being your own boss. Everything is there for you, so working life is much easier,” he surmised.
“But when you’re working for other people and you’re not well paid, you feel the pain because you’ve had to work through many long hours. It’s actually quite difficult to build a name for yourself in the hotel industry.”