YF was built on three key principles:
All cakes, breads, pastries, savouries, chocolates confectionery and biscuits are made on-site by Yoonhee & François.
All products are made with high quality ingredients that are free of artificial additives, preservatives & processed ingredients.
Yoonhee & François's passion for baking and their close attention to details is the secret ingredient in YF's products.
As a child in Belgium, Francois learned a love of food working alongside his mother in her kitchen, developing an early appreciation for beautiful desserts.
After University, Francois chose to pursue his passion, and returned to school to study pastry. He was selected for a two-year apprenticeship at Debailleul, one of the best pastry shops in Brussels. From there, he worked as a Pastry Chef in different shops, first in Brussels and then in the US, notably eighteen months under Gilles Renusson. Determined to learn from the best, Francois sought opportunities that satisfied his dedication to artisanal production methods.
While working and travelling in North America, Francois decided to make Toronto his home and opened his successful patisserie on Bayview in 1996. After selling the business in 2018, he took time for family and travel. His dream of opening a Chocolaterie became reality when he fell in love with the charming community in Creemore, Ontario and partnered with Yoonhee Chang.
After completing her degree in Interior Design, Yoonhee went on to work with a Toronto architecture firm. She attended a night course in baking at George Brown College and was hooked.
Many baking courses later, she joined the team at Rahier on Bayview and apprenticed under Francois for 2 years. The Fairmont Group saw her talent and snapped her up, first to the Jasper Fairmont then later, the Bermuda Fairmont.
To expand her knowledge, Yoonhee joined the prestigious Ducobu in Belgium, and went on to learn more about Belgian chocolate. She then partnered with François to open YF Patissier Chocolatier.