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Corinne Gould was born in Toronto, attended the Ontario College of Art and was the Art Director at the prestigious Art Centre of Central Technical School. As an artist, educator and jewellery designer, baking cookies and making dessert sauces was the last thing Corinne ever thought she would do. But in the early 90’s when jewellery was out of favour in the fashion industry, Corinne began to bake her mother’s cookies and serve them at her private afternoon sales and exhibitions. Her clients kept coming back for more jewellry and cookies. Whenever Corinne’s mother Esther Gould was asked for her recipes she gave them willingly and freely. However no one could recreate her unique taste. That is until her daughter Corinne Gould began to make Esther’s Mandelbroit Cookies. Having spent years at the side of the master, Corinne learned all the subtle nuances of making Esther Gould’s recipes. The artisanal food business became the creative venue for Corinne to use all her creative skills. Her art background enabled her to create a brand. That branding can be seen through out the company from logo to packaging to product development. Corinne Gould’s friends and family began to request Esther Gould’s Mandelbroit at their special functions. Often Corinne was asked, “Can you make it with hazelnuts instead of almonds. My son is allergic or can you make it nut free.” “I love lemon. Have you ever tried lemon and poppy seed or how about chocolate?” And so a variety of new flavours were created. But the basic recipes remained the same. In 2002 Esther Gould's Finest was born. Corinne and her husband Jack Orsi began to sell at St. Lawrence Market. During those years they developed quite a following. Often mistaken for biscotti the phrase “Better than Biscotti” became their trademark.



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