For a time saxophonist musician, then caregiver, Josué Lanoix dabbled in a bit of everything after interrupting his studies in his last year. “However, my passion for music didn’t allow me to make a living, so I went into the medical field, with the idea of back to school become a nurse. I really liked the job, but it turned out differently in the end, ”she says.
When his father falls ill, Josué Lanoix decides to drop everything to help him continue its business catering. “I had always seen him work in this field. The kitchen, I bathed in it as a kid. But then I got a revelation “, he confides.
Supported by the local Mission des Bords de Marne
In January 2016, Josué Lanoix opened his King Creole’s Food food truck in Champigny-sur-Marne, the city where he grew up. For seven years, he offered a whole selection of dishes with Caribbean colorsin a nod to its origins, including the famous bokit of Guadeloupe cuisine, available in several recipes, and the famous accras.
Today, his business is doing well, despite a slump during the Covid crisis. He occasionally hires his wife to help him, he has diversified with a catering offering and has expanded his reach by opening a shop once a week in Noisy-le-Grand. Great progress: “I also just build my workshop to prepare my meals in the best possible conditions”, he rejoices. In growth, his 2022 turnover could reach 80,000 euros. Enough to encourage him to hire one more person and, why not, in some time, open his own restaurant in the Paris region.
But before getting there, Josué Lanoix had to fight. “When I left school, it was complicated. I had to choose the road or the legality. We had to fight, he recalls. Luckily I met Stéphane, del Local Mission of the Edges of the Marne. Their goal: to encourage young people to do it resume your studies to obtain baccalaureate equivalency and move on to higher education.
Internship in Canada, scouting in New York
Interested in entrepreneurship and supported by the local mission, Josué Lanoix chose to pursue a degree in business creation (Duke). “For me, who was new to the business world, it was very rewarding to be able to work on my project while being accompanied “, he assures.
For one year he learns the basics of business creation, draws up a business plan for his restoration project and even gets a internship scholarship month in a restaurant in Montreal. “There, I was able to learn on the job everything that was needed to open my facility,” she says.
But that’s not enough. Josué Lanoix takes the thought of him further by taking advantage of his presence on the other side of the Atlantic to study the food truck market in New York. “It worked very well there, while in France it was not yet very developed,” he continues. I wanted to do my market research to refine my idea. »
Accompanied through the ups and downs
Since he opened his King Creole’s Food food truck, Josué Lanoix has always been supported by the Groupement de Créateurs du Val-de-Marne and the local Mission des Bords de Marne. “They are always available to help us find the right contacts, to support us in legal, administrative or accounting matters. They provide advice welcome to secure funding. Besides, their moral support is beneficial. They are always there, through thick and thin, ”the entrepreneur assures.
Their support has been especially invaluable during the Covid crisis. Forced to stop abruptly his activity, Josué Lanoix found himself impotent. But he recovered quickly by switching to take-out sales, on the group’s advice. “I hadn’t thought about it at the time, but I kept my head above water,” he explains. So, I reached out to various delivery platforms like Uber Eats and Deliveroo, and turned my business into a kind of dark kitchen. »
In turn, Josué Lanoix he regularly shares his experience with the young people of the local mission. He looks back on his journey and explains how he got there. “A few years ago I was still in their shoes. So I tell them it is possible. »