Le Pain Quotidien began in 1990 as an artisan bakery in Belgium and has evolved into more than 170 restaurants worldwide serving delicious, slow-fast food that does you good - all handmade with the best organic and local ingredients. With its communal tables where guests can sit and eat together in a tranquil, rustic environment, Le Pain Quotidien transports its customers to a simpler way of life. Worldwide locations include Belgium, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Qatar, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Bahrain, India, Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil. Alain Coumont founded Le Pain Quotidien and currently serves as the Company's Chief Creative Officer. In this role, he remains the driving force behind the brand's dedication to organic ingredients. Prior to founding Le Pain Quotidien, Alain worked with a number of highly regarded chefs including Michel Guerard, Georges Blanc and Joel Robuchon. He lives with his family in Montpellier, France. Jean-Pierre Gabriel is an award-winning author and photographer. His co-authored titles, Cacao: the roots of chocolate with Dominique Persoone and Matiere Chocolat with Stephane Leroux, both won Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2009.