HISTORY

L’Opéra, from its inception, has been all about quality and excellence. It was borne out of the longing of Laurent Samandari in 2008 for authentic French breads and pastries.
Along with the family, who was also living in India and supported his nascent and ambitious project, an in-depth market study of the high-end Food and Beverage segment in Delhi was undertaken. With the assistance of the French Embassy in Delhi, who kindly provided their purpose-built kitchen for testing, and the encouragement of the family’s Delhiite friends and expats to go further, the project grew legs.

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The training of the staff was the next challenge to address. Several French chefs including one from the renowned French culinary institution Lenôtre intensively trained the staff in the techniques of culinary excellence and ensured that no detail was missed so as to provide products of the highest quality.
Once this initial phase had passed, L’Opéra managed to bring the French experience to the heart of the Indian capital. The home delivery service was launched in 2010 and after much encouragement from expats and Indians alike, who appreciated French culinary excellence, the first L’Opéra outlet opened its doors in March 2011 in Khan Market, the most prestigious market in Delhi.
Inspired by the typical French “Salon de Thé”, a concept that emerged at the beginning of the 20thcentury, L’Opéra is setting a new trend in the Indian market for high-end culinary products, based on innovative ideas regarding quality, atmosphere and presentation. L’Opéra’s recently inaugurated outlet in Epicuria Mall exemplifies this French experience with an elegant Parisian terrace, ample seating space and impeccable attention to detail.
Today L’Opéra boasts nine outlets throughout Delhi and Gurgaon, with over 130 employees. It operates its activities through its point of sales and also its institutional customers, bringing the very best of France to India.



FAMILY

LAURENT SAMANDARI

MANAGING DIRECTOR 

Laurent Samandari’s rise to corporate leadership in the Food and Beverage sector was unconventional by most standards. He grew up in Paris, and in his late teens went to business school. From 1998 to 2007, Laurent gained practical working experience in various countries such as France, Ecuador, Singapore and India, which brought him to create in 2008 French Bakery Pvt. Ltd and to serve ever since as its Managing Director. With a profound love for the French culinary culture and entrepreneurship Laurent has launched within French Bakery Pvt. Ltd. the L’Opéra brand, which represents an authentic French Pastry and Bakery House in India.

KAZEM SAMANDARI

CHAIRMAN

Kazem Samandari has a Ph.D. in Industrial Economy, an MS in Electrical Engineering and a Business Degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Kazem Samandari has over 40 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience and has worked in over 60 countries on all Continents. He has held executive positions in several high-tech companies including GMC Digital Printing Systems, Scitex Digital Printing, Inc., Kodak Versamark Inc. and Given Imaging Ltd. and is the President of KCSH & Associates, Singapore. Kazem is a co-founder of L’Opéra and has served as its Chairman since its inception in 2008. Throughout the years, Kazem has been professionally exposed to various cultures and traditions across the planet. He is married to Christine and has two children, Caroline and Laurent.

KAZEM SAMANDARI

CHAIRMAN

Kazem Samandari has a Ph.D. in Industrial Economy, an MS in Electrical Engineering and a Business Degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Kazem Samandari has over 40 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience and has worked in over 60 countries on all Continents. He has held executive positions in several high-tech companies including GMC Digital Printing Systems, Scitex Digital Printing, Inc., Kodak Versamark Inc. and Given Imaging Ltd. and is the President of KCSH & Associates, Singapore. Kazem is a co-founder of L’Opéra and has served as its Chairman since its inception in 2008. Throughout the years, Kazem has been professionally exposed to various cultures and traditions across the planet. He is married to Christine and has two children, Caroline and Laurent.


THE CHEF

Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha is L’Opéra’s recently appointed Executive Chef. He re-joined after having worked with L’Opéra between 2011 and 2015 as Head Pastry Chef. He is a pastry and bakery expert with experience working in hotels, Pâtisseries and fine dining establishments across Australia and India. Amit attended the Academy of Pastry Arts, one of Asia’s best pastry and bakery schools, between 2015 and 2016. He was awarded the best chocolate display at the Asian Pastry Cup 2016, at which the team he had put together won the bronze medal. He holds a Diploma in Hospitality from the William Angliss Institute of TAFE of Melbourne, Australia.




PRODUCTION CENTER

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Located in Noida, the 9000 sq. ft. production centre meets the most stringent requirements by fulfilling HACCP norms for food hygiene. Designed according to world-class specifications, the production centre also provides a conducive working environment for the Chef and the entire team.

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Times Food Award

AWARDS


Times Food Award

Times Food Award

Times Food Award

Times Food Award



World Marketing Congress

CMO Asia

Disciples Escoffier Culinary Arts

Times Food Award



Times Food Award

Times Food Award

NDTV Good Times

HT City



Indian Restaurant Awards

Indian Restaurant Awards 2016, Best Pastry Chef

Top Chef Awards 2016

Star Retailer Awards 2016