Before she ever donned chef's whites or a dusty apron, Clarice Lam strutted runways, and her first career eventually led her to her true passion. "I was a fashion model for over a decade," she says. "I traveled all over the world doing that. I tasted different cuisines, and I became really interested in food." She took cooking classes in Italy in her time off before landing in Paris for a transformative experience: "I went to the original Lauduree and had my first macaron. That's when I decided I was going to get into pastry."
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