London's 'dream' French cake shops turn to nightmare for sacked staff


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On Wednesday March 23rd, they were still selling millefeuilles, orange tarts and St Honoré cakes in the well-heeled districts of Marylebone and South Kensington in London. But by evening on the following day - pay day - staff at the two branches of the highly-acclaimed Pâtisserie des Rêves had left the shops for the last time. The London venture of the exclusive French cake shop chain, co-founded by entrepreneur Thierry Teyssier and renowned pastry chef Philippe Conticini, had come to a sticky end, leaving 22 employees out of work and their last month's wages unpaid.