A pearler

Supporters gather to farewell Nick Niederberger (second on the left) on Saturday July 4.

AFTER 21 years, revered Pearl of Highgate patisserie chef Nick Niederberger is retiring. 

Building owners Franz Seidl and Hanneke Rekelhof organised a get together for their beloved tenant on July 4 to farewell the master patissier with friends and supporters, including Vincent mayor Emma Cole (Mr Niederberger baked her wedding cake 17 years ago). 

Originally from Switzerland and known for his giant European baking hat, Mr Niederberger opened his small Lincoln Street shop in 1999 and it quickly became a multicultural hub, people brought together by a love of frangipani tarts and football (his walls were decorated with soccer World Cup memorabilia). 

When his retirement was announced the Pearl’s social media pages were flooded with hundreds of people imploring him to stick around and keep baking his rhubarb flan, pies and pastries, but Mr Niederberger says the time is right and he’s looking forward to having more time to sleep in and chase the grandkids around.

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