My name is Céline Lee, I’m from Paris and moved to Reading in 2016. I’m the owner and pastry chef of Cocolico.
After finding out I was lactose-intolerant a few years back, I started to look at food differently, questioned myself a lot about what we eat, animal conditions, and found veganism to be my answer.
I realised there was such demand and no offer for free-from food, that’s when I started Cocolico in February 2018.
I have been trained as a pastry chef since my twenties, and did some time in prestigious places of Paris like the Hôtel de Crillon and Senderens, and also have worked as pastry sous-chef in Helmut Newcake, the first gluten-free patisserie of Paris.
Basically I wanted to recreate the fine pastries that I love so much, showing that it can be plant-based, pretty and affordable. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, nut-free or soya-free, you will always find a cake you can enjoy.
Celine is the best! She made 2 amazing tarts for my partner’s father’s birthday and it was an amazing hit! One was a bigger version of her amazing chocolate tartelettes and the other an amazing cake with white chocolate, pistachio and raspberry – simply superb. Everyone was so impressed and the taste of both and them was amazing
At the market yesterday I bought a custard and raspberry tart, flan parisien, a rhubarb bakewell, a chocolate macaron and 2 madeleines. Somehow they were all gone within an hour and I went back to buy more!
Found the beautiful Céline at Reading Vegan market in summer and I didn’t think she could out-do her own macaroni and lemon meringue tarts. However! For my sister’s birthday we ordered two Opera cakes – one traditional and one Pistachio and Raspberry – and cannot describe how delicious they were. The whole room fell silent and we polished them both off so quickly! Beautifully put together, and exquisite in taste. Absolutely flawless. Will be ordering from Cocolico for every future event for sure!
Thanks so much for making our party taste so good x
Oh my word….I didn’t think I’d ever eat such amazing cakes again since turning vegan but you’ve nailed it! Amazing!
I recently placed an order for a Fraisier cake and it was absolutely beautiful, to look and to eat. All my friends (non-vegan) were amazed at the texture and taste. Would highly recommend Cocolico!
Thank you so much Céline! X