About Us

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Jeff & Lya Becnel

Lya attended Le Cordon Bleu London & worked at Windows on the World, Wiltons, & The Capital Hotel in London, England; Tompkins Square Bakery, in NYC; The Grand America Hotel and Fresco Italian Cafe in Salt Lake City, UT; The Spielweg Romantik Hotel in the Black Forest, Germany.

Jeff attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY & has worked at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California, Guy Savoy in Las Vegas, The Capital Hotel in London, England (under Chef Eric Chavot), Maestro, Tyson’s Corner, VA (under Chef Fabbio Trabocchi), & The Spielweg Romantik Hotel in the Black Forest, Germany; In New Orleans at Comander’s Palace, Restaurant Stella, 7 on Fulton (under Chef Michael Sichel), & Restaurant Luke (under Chef John Besh).

We are two culinary professionals, with a combined 24 years in the industry, that has taken us all over the US and Europe to educate ourselves and receive the best possible training.

With our serious dedication and love for our craft, you can guarantee that if we plan on doing something, we demand that it is done right. We refuse to take shortcuts and go to huge lengths to provide you with the most authentic handmade artisanal product possible.

7 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Found you guys at the farmers market at Ormand Plantation this weekend… bought a sampling of pastries and loved them all…almond puff, madeline, peach tarte. All amazing. Keep up the good work! Will be back

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    • Cindy,
      We currently sell our pastries just at the German Coast Farmers Market every Saturday 8AM-Noon @ the Ormond Plantation in Destrehan. This week is supposed to be some of the best weather we have had on Saturday in a long time. There is a lot of things going on at the Market this week also. Come early because we often sell out fast. Thanks for the note, if you come please introduce yourself I’d love to meet you.
      -Jeff
      La Petite Sophie LLC

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  2. Planning a visit to NOLA the latter part of February of this year. The only Saturday the visit encompasses is the 27th, but I don’t want to miss your food–especially your famous Kouign-amann!! Are you planning to be at the German Coast Farmer’s Market at the Ormond Plantation then? (Oh please, I hope so!)

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    • Lynn,
      Thanks for the note and for checking out our Facebook and blog. Yes we will be at the market that Saturday for sure! Our stuff sells very quickly, be sure to get there early or if you like you can ask me to hold on to what ever you would like. We have many new pastries that we are making that have become very popular also. We also make our own version of the king cake and the French King Cake (Gallette de Rois) that we will have that week. Just look around our facebook page and you can see all the pastries that we are making now.

      How did you hear of us? Where are you from?

      Thanks,
      Jeff Becnel
      La Petite Sophie LLC
      225.328.3340

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