Archive for 'Chocolatier'

15
Nov

Japanese Chocolatier Crowned Best in the World

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Japanese Chocolatier Crowned Best in the World

For the second straight year, Kyoto-based chocolatier Susumu Koyama has been awarded with top distinction among foreign chocolate masters by France’s Le Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat.

Meanwhile, his Patissier es Koyama confectionary store in Sanda City, located north of Kobe, was awarded the highest rating of five bars (an equivalent to five stars, also for the second straight year) in the latest edition of the group’s guidebook, Le Guide du Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat.

The awards ceremony was held last November 2nd at the Salon du Chocolat global chocolate fair in Paris, France. “I appreciate that I have been given an opportunity to experiment with chocolates to such an extent (since winning the 2011 award),” Koyama said.

With no overseas training, 48-year-old Koyama became the first Japanese five-star winner in 2011. This year, he was awarded for creating five new varieties of chocolate, some of which have butterbur sprouts and sake lees as ingredients.

Koyama said he is already developing new chocolate recipes, including one that uses ingredients unique in Kyoto, in preparation for next year’s contest.

Source: The Japan Times

Photo credit: KYODO

15
Mar

Max Brenner

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Max Brenner
Photograph of the interior of a Max Brenner ch...

Max Brenner is probably one of the most recognizable names when it comes to fine chocolate making. It started in 1996 when Max Fichtman and Oded Brenner joined together to formĀ Max Brenner and opened its first store in Israel. Three years later, it added nine other stores which showed the interest that even people in the Holy Land may have for chocolate.

This love of chocolate went international as Max Brenner became an international chocolatier when it entered the US market in 2006. It has since been associated with fine chocolate making as shown from its wide range of chocolate products. And with the interest in all things chocolate ever growing, Max Brenner has also expanded its product range that now also includes chocolate drinks, cookies and other specialized treats. Unique ingredients have also become part of its various distinct chocolate creations that provide people with a wide range of choices not only limited to the traditional chocolate fare. It all may have stemmed from this chocolatier’s philosophy that chocolate is more than just merely a matter of taste experience but also encompasses a wider range of emotions and aspects of life.