Executive Pastry Chef Michel Finel
Michel Finel, a native of Normandy, France, completed his pastry apprenticeship there in 1967. Before coming to the United States, he served a tour with the French Military, and then worked four years in Paris at the George V Hotel. During this time he also helped to open a hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus. Then Michel moved to Holland for two years working at the Okura Hotel. Following his stay in Holland, Michel moved to England where he was at the Savoy Hotel for a year. He then moved to Switzerland where he worked at the Palace Hotel followed by a stay in Bermuda at the Southampton Princess Hotel. In 1975 Michel moved to the United States and began working at The Homestead as the Assistant Pastry Chef. During the winter months of 1975 he worked at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Raton, Florida. In the spring of 1976 he returned to The Homestead as the Executive Pastry Chef and has been here ever since. In 1988 Michel traveled to Washington DC to compete with a group for the first World Cup in Pastries. He was one of three Chefs selected out of a group of twenty for the World Cup Competition. In 1989 Michel traveled to Lyons France for the World Cup Pastry Competition, placing in the top five contestants.