and the man behind it.
In 1991, Gérard Dubois opened the first La Rose Noire Pâtisserie in the most prestigious shopping mall on Hong Kong Island. In over 2 decades, that one simple operation, a 30-seat restaurant and cake shop, has turned into a reputable enterprise. This encouraging achievement is beyond his wildest expectation. From an initial selection of 28 items, La Rose Noire now has over 500 varieties in its product brochure, fulfilling the needs of all sectors in the market. Today, La Rose Noire employs 250 staff members in Hong Kong working around the clock at its original production centre in Kowloon Bay.
In 2012, Gérard and the team opened a HACCP/ISO/FSSC 22000 certified state-of-the-art factory in Clark Free Port, The Philippines. This production centre has over 1,700 staff members working in an over 150,000 square foot area to meet the demands from 52 countries in 5 continents. It has the capacity and capability to cope with the continuously expanding overseas market.
Gérard and his team opened their latest venture Passion Cafe – Boulangerie – Pâtisserie – Confiserie in Hong Kong in 2012. There are now over 7 shops in Hong Kong and Macau.
In 2020, La Rose Noire opened its sales offices in Switzerland – to cater to the European market, and in the United States of America.
Over the course of his career, Gérard has won numerous distinguished awards at some of the most esteemed culinary competitions.
Gérard is not unfamiliar to culinary publications. He is the co-author of “The Cutting Edge (1993); and the author of “My Recent Journey” (2003), “Passion.” (2006), which gained a special “Award of the Jury 2006” honored by World Cookbook Awards, and “Crafted Passion” (2011), awarded for “Best Dessert Book in the World“ by the 17th Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Paris in 2012. “Le Pain Passion.” was launched in November 2016 for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of La Rose Noire and received an award for “Best Bread Book in the World” by the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in May 2017.
In recognition of his successful entrepreneurship and contribution to the development of entrepreneurs, Gérard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the European University, Switzerland.
He is happily married to his wife Janita. They have two delightful young adults, Caroline and Dominic.
From a single black rose Blossoms an infinite Bouquet of possibilities.