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The Secret to Happiness, From a French Kitchen |

The Secret to Happiness, From a French Kitchen

UPENDING EXPECTATIONS appears to come naturally to Valérie Gilbert, president of Mauviel, the cookware company her family founded in Normandy in 1830. During her school days, “the nuns tried everything to turn me into a demure and obedient little girl who would grow up to do needlepoint, but it didn’t work,” Ms. Gilbert said. “This is what I decided I wanted to do when I was 12 years old. I’ve always been fascinated by the technical processes of metal working.”

So in 1992, after business school in England and a stint working…


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