The first time Annabella Sonwelly tried macarons in Paris, it was “love at first bite”, and because they weren’t available in Singapore at that time, she became determined to learn to recreate them. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a home business, and when demand continued to soar, she opened Japanese-French inspired bakery AnnaBella Pâtisserie in 2014. The bakery obtained its halal certification form MUIS in 2020.
Not that the venture was a surprise to friends and family. After all, the 41-year-old has always travelled “for the sole purpose of trying delicious pastries from various parts of the world” and is unabashed about her love for delicate treats from La Pâtisserie du Meurice in Paris and Hidemi Sugino in Tokyo and B Patisserie in San Francisco. She opens up about running a business and the challenges she has encountered in her journey.
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