Co-founder & Director
Growing up in Denmark, Michael developed a love of food and cooking from a young age. He commenced professional training at the age of 20, working with some of the finest chefs in Copenhagen. Dividing his time between Denmark and France to broaden his culinary experience, Michael then travelled to Australia to revel in the freedom of contemporary Australian food.
Working with Tony Papas at the Bayswater Brasserie from 1989, Michael developed a fascination with the magic of sourdough. In 2000, Michael and Tony established Brasserie Bread and Michael has committed his skill and talent to pioneering the artisan bread movement in Australia ever since.Follow on instagram
Packer in Sydney
Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Kalpana moved to Australia in 2009. In 2014 she completed a Bachelor Degree and Graduate Diploma in Finance.
She’s been one of our dedicated packers for five years, efficiently hand-packing bread, pastries, and cakes for our wholesale customers. Her absolute favourite is our sourdough bread.
In her free time, she likes reading, watching movies, and music. Plus she loves spending time with her friends, family, and her dog.
Baker and Trainer in Sydney
Our most fashionable baker, Yudha has been working at Brasserie Bread for nine years. Alternating between hand-shaping bread and also teaching our kids baking classes, Yudha’s cheerful personality always lights up any room. His Brasserie Bread favourite is our sourdough toasted, spread with butter and Vegemite.
He was born in Surabaya, Indonesia and has a background in hospitality and finance. Outside of the bakery, he loves socialising, going to the gym, outdoor sports, and water sports.
Accounts at Head Office
After completing high school in in Tamworth, Julia attended Metropolitan Business College, studying shorthand, typing, and bookkeeping. She worked as a personal assistant and administration manager before she started working at the famous Bayswater Brasserie as a personal assistant to the three owners. This is where she met our co-founder Michael in 1988. Fast-forward to 2007, Julia called into Brasserie Bread to buy some bread and walked out with a new bookkeeping job. She’s been with the company ever since!
Julia loves the simplicity of a Batard and a Fruit Mince Pie at Christmas. Outside of the office, she loves being active – plus she’s also very partial to a nana nap on the weekend and a nice cold glass of chardy!Follow on Instagram
Artisan Baker in Melbourne
Hailing from Nepal, Chandra moved to Australia in 2007. He started his time at Brasserie Bread at the beginning of 2008 in Sydney, but he moved to Melbourne when our new bakery was about to open in 2011.
He has a degree in Hospitality Managment but making bread was his passion. His favourite is the magnificent French Mountain Bread. As a soccer fan, he’s an avid Melbourne City supporter. He also follows the Sydney Swans in the AFL.
Pastry Cook in Sydney
Sue has been handcrafting our delicious cakes and pastries for seven years. Originally from Nepal, Sue has completed a Diploma of Accounting and Certificate III and IV in Patisserie. Her Brasserie Bread pick is the Kouign Amann, a beautifully crisp layered pastry crusted with caramelised sugar.
Sue enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and she loves to dance. Her dance video even went viral on YouTube recently!
Farid has a background in business management, but he fell in love with baking sourdough and pastry, so he completed a degree on pastry and retail baking and has been working as a baker ever since. Farid has been one of our devoted artisan bakers for nine years and recently was entrusted with a new position as team leader.
He loves Brasserie Bread sourdough, especially the Batard, Flinders Ranges Sourdough, and Sprouted Wheat Loaf. When he’s not baking, he’s playing football, watching movies, and reading books.
Territory Manager in Sydney
James started his working career in the Children’s Hospital Camperdown as a Lab Assistant, then gained qualifications as a Technical Officer. He’s been working in sales for 17 years.
For over seven and a half years, James has been continuing his sales experience at Brasserie Bread. Without a doubt his favourite is the Flinders Ranges Sprouted Wheat Loaf and Fruit Mince Pies – they are without peer!
When he’s not on the road, he’s playing competitive lawn bowls, watching sports, or spending time with his partner and his mini schnauzer. He’s also partial to travelling, good food, fine wine and the finest of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.Follow On Instagram
Juan grew up in Barranquilla in Colombia, where he lived four blocks away from Sofia Vergara. He was also vaguely acquainted with Shakira when he was a kid. That’s practically like having a celebrity in our office, right?!
Juan has been a valuable part of the Brasserie Bread customer service team for four years. Being a bit of a sweet tooth, he always goes for our pastry range but also enjoys our Date & Apricot Loaf, Chocolate Brownie, Raspberry & Pistachio Friand, and Kouign Amann. Yum.
He loves music and he plays the drums and guitar. But his real passion is devoted to sports, especially soccer. He plays and watches soccer any chance he can get! In the evenings you might find him at open mic nights around Sydney. One day we’ll probably see a Netflix stand-up special featuring Juan.