A Weekend With: Andre Guedeney

Andre Guedeney
Andre Guedeney
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Andre Guedeney is the manager of baguette shop La Croissanterie on Osborne Road. The 31-year-old lives in Southsea and claims to offer the best croissants in town. Here he describes his perfect weekend.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

I like to get the ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre and go to Brix, in France, where my family have a house. My dad is French and I learned to speak French from an early age, so I love the chance to practise and to absorb some of the culture that is so important to my dad’s side of the family.

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

If it were a date, I would take Angelina Jolie for her looks. If it was a more manly trip, then I’d take Ray Mears so he could tell me all about his adventures over a pint or two.

· What music would you take with you?

I like rock music like Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Reef. I also like ELO, Supertramp and Stevie Wonder.

· What about something to read?

Mr Nice by Howard Marks. It’s just about the only book I’ve ever read (apart from at school). I’ve met him twice. He is funny and he’s got a good outlook on life.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

Snowboarding in the Alps with a group of friends and my girlfriend. After hitting the slopes all day, we would call in to my friend’s bar – Before Café – for some Jägermeister shots.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

I’d head to the Porsche Centre in London. When I lived in London, I used to walk past it on my way to work and eye-up the cars in the window.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

The Shawshank Redemption. It’s a really moving story.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

I’ll have a Mai Tai cocktail – rum, Grand Marnier, grenadine, orgeat (an almond syrup) and ice.

· What are you doing this weekend?

I’ll be working in La Croissanterie on Saturday. On Sunday, I’ll be going down to the Lawrence Arms for the meat raffle and a few pints. If the weather’s nice in the day, maybe my friend will take me out fishing on his boat.

· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

I like to stay really local and head to Southsea seafront. I like meeting up with friends and getting a burger from the hut on the front by Canoe Lake. We are so lucky to live so close to the sea.