A day after it was reported that the executive chef of Sucré resigned from the sweet shop he started, CEO Y. Hans Baumann issued a statement Friday to the shop’s employees and media outlets about the move.
Sucré was opened by restaurateur Joel Dondis with pastry chef Tariq Hanna in 2007. It was the first dessert-only shop in New Orleans. What started on Magazine Street swiftly (and sweetly) spread to the French Quarter and Metairie.
Baumann announced in a statement Friday that Hanna resigned on Aug. 14. And while the team is appreciative of Hanna’s artistic contributions to Sucré over the past 12 years, that employees should take comfort in knowing that not “one” person can define the saccharine success.
“…Sucre has never been defined by one individual,” Baumann said. “Sucre’s success, creativity, and efforts are credited to each and every one who has worked for Sucre over the past 12 years.”
“As CEO of Sucre, I will continue to promote suggestions, input, and ideas from all employees who wish to contribute to the continued success of Sucre as a creative collaboration. In addition, I will continue to promote a professional and respectful culture as we progress in raising the bar in providing fine, elegant, delicious desserts, cakes, gelatos and confections for the city of New Orleans and our customers across the United States.”
The full statement from Baumann is below: