“The Best Pastry Chef”. Victim of school harassment, Alicia gets her “revenge”

When she talks about her beginnings in pastry, Alicia can’t help but talk about her grandmother. It was by his side that she made her first desserts when she was a child. “We loved making yoghurt cakes, marbled snacks, Christmas cakes…” So when she set foot in the tent of the Best Pastry Chef for the first time, she was obviously thinking of her. “I have always enjoyed cooking with her. She taught me everything, I owe her everything.tells us the 26-year-old Alsatian.

If the young woman has “always been drawn to sweets”, his passion for pastry is much more recent. After earning a degree in digital marketing, Alicia struggled to get a job. During the first confinement in March 2020, she then seriously began to bake. “I watched a lot of videos to improve myself and I found lots of tips on social networks. I started making pies and desserts that were much more accomplished. »

School harassment, teasing, judgments

It is also one of his creations published on his Instagram account which allowed him to be spotted by the production of the culinary competition broadcast every Wednesday on M6. She was selected thanks to a large heart-shaped cake made with vanilla mousse. “Inside, there is a mango passion fruit insert and a peanut praline”, she explains. fan of Best Pastry Chef since the first season, Alicia has nevertheless hesitated to apply. “I didn’t feel legitimate at all. I was full of doubts, I was afraid of the gaze of others and their judgement. »

A lack of self-confidence linked to a difficult period experienced during adolescence. “I was bullied at school when I was in middle school and high school. People constantly made fun of me, they judged my physique. » A situation that she sometimes still has to face today. The young woman works as a truck driver in the family company run by her father. “I am a woman, who adores being feminine, in a man’s world. It’s not always easy because there are still a lot of stereotypes. I often hear inappropriate comments and or criticisms. »

“I want to take the cup home!” »

Despite everything, the budding pastry chef decided to take the plunge. She applied for the eleventh season and was selected from over 10,000 applications. “I was very happy and proud. This proves that you should never stop believing in yourself. For me, it’s revenge on life. » Before the start of filming, the Alsatian had set herself a goal: not to be eliminated in the first round. A mission accomplished brilliantly. Since then, she has never ceased to impress jurors with her creations. She even won a test imposed by Cyril Lignac with her revisit of gazelle horns. “Now I hope to go as far as possible and win the blue apron at least once! »

The young woman born in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) is in love with her region. “I love putting our flavors in the spotlight in my cakes. It’s a pride for me to be Alsatian so I want to win the competition to bring home the cup! », she laughs. But to succeed in imposing itself, it will have to beat serious candidates. Starting with Manon, the formidable 20-year-old from Montpellier since the start of the season. “You also have to manage your stress and not panic. It’s very hard to bake under the tent, we are constantly in a hurry, we have to talk at the same time… It’s not at all usual. »

“There were some tensions” on the set

Looking back, Alicia is thrilled to have taken the opportunity to enter the cooking competition. This “nice experience” enabled him to obtain valuable advice from great chefs and to learn to be “less scattered” behind the stoves. “I’m also a lot less apprehensive about talking to strangers. » She has created affinities with certain candidates like Karel, Justine or even Nils. “The atmosphere between us was very nice. It felt a bit like being at summer camp. However, there were some tensions at times. We spent a lot of time together and we didn’t have the same characters. »

Today, the young woman would like to live from her passion. “My dream would be to open a tea room in Strasbourg, a place where life is good and where you can enjoy yourself. » She would offer her customers pastries that are both gourmet and elaborate. “I love bringing a touch of femininity to my cakes with small gold leaves or flowers. » But she wouldn’t forget the classics she likes to taste like brownies, cookies and raspberry tartlets, her cute sin. While waiting to set up this professional project, she takes advantage of her free time to devote herself to her second passion: going fishing with her father.