A VIRTUOSO CHOCOLATE PERFORMANCE Burnaby’s Chez Christophe wins four awards at the 2015 World Chocolate Masters Canadian Final
Just recently, months of dedication, passion, and chocolate mastery was distilled into two days of competition at the 2015 World Chocolate Masters Canadian Final in Montréal, Quebec. The theme was “inspiration from nature” and, first-timer Pastry Chef Christophe Bonzon of Burnaby Height’s Chez
Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie (4712 Hastings Street) won the hearts of judges, coming away with four out of five awards: Best Moulded Praline, Best Chocolate to Go, Best Cake of the Day, and Media Prize ‘Coup de Coeur’. Overall, Bonzon placed second at the podium.
“The World Chocolate Masters competition only comes around every two years and it has always been a goal of mine to compete,” says Bonzon, owner and master confectioner at Chez Christophe. “I’m truly honoured to have won four awards and placed second at my first-ever World Chocolate Masters. The whole process has been intense but extremely gratifying to further my chocolate journey. I look forward to showcasing my award-winning pieces at my shop. The outpouring of support and congratulatory messages I have received so far has been nothing but heartfelt. Thank you everyone.”
Already available at Chez Christophe, the Best Moulded Praline (also called bonbon) is a beautiful deep green creation named “The BC”, made with BC birch syrup ganache and BC cranberry jelly.
In the Best Chocolate to Go category, chefs were tasked with producing a snacking product that could be sold at places such as retail stores and food trucks, with the theme “inspiration from nature”. Bonzon’s concept featured a chocolate terrarium with complementary packaging, including a built-in tray and spoon. The sphere-shaped verrine contained multiple flavour profiles with 75 per cent chocolate anglaise from Tanzania, pistachio “moss” sponge, raspberry confit, mango curd, mango confit, pistachio/coco nibs brittle, and Alunga milk chocolate bavarois.
Chez Christophe customers can soon try the winning Best Cake of the Day, a layered concoction for black forest lovers. Composed of chocolate streusel, Inaya 65 per cent chocolate ganache, cherry confit, macerated whole cherries marinated in kirsch, mascarpone, and vanilla ganache montée.
The World Chocolate Masters is the leading global competition for Chocolatiers and Pâtissiers organised by gourmet brand Cacao Barry. Bonzon was the only pastry chef from British Columbia to compete this year. For more information, please visit www.worldchocolatemasters.com.
About Chez Christophe
Award-winning pastry chef and chocolatier Christophe Bonzon brings a small taste of Switzerland to Canada at Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie with a wide collection that ranges from fine handmade chocolates, truffles, signature chocolate bars, artistic chocolate sculptures to specialty French maracons, viennoiserie, desserts, and cakes. Bonzon trained under some of Europe’s best grand masters at Zurich’s Chocolate Academy and at L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in France. Chez Christophe recently won Gold at the 2014 International Chocolate Awards World Final for the white chocolate Bonbons Ananas Avocat truffle. “The opportunities to transform are endless” and at Chez Christophe, you will find uniquely crafted creations made with passion and creativity.
Chez Christophe is located in Burnaby Heights at 4712 Hastings Street and is the only Canadian shop to use premium Swiss chocolate Carma. For more information, visit www.christophe-chocolat.com.