From October 31 to November 4, the Salon du Chocolat hosted 110,000 visitors and more than 500 participants from 60 countries in an area of more than 24,000 m2. For five days, the public was able to take a tour of the best cocoa crops in the world and discover the latest chocolate trends in an edition which was very focused on nature and health trends, under the slogan “All flavors are in nature” .
More than 50 demonstrations and tastings by experienced pastry chefs and chocolatiers, as well as young talents, took place in the Pastry Show, among which we find great names like Susumu Koyama, Philippe Conticini, Cédric Grolet and Yohann Caron, Takahiro Komai and Benoît Castel, Nicolas Paciello, and Jérémy del Val.
In the competitions, the fair was the framework of championships as prestigious as the World Chocolate Masters, won by the Swiss chocolatier Elias Läderach; the seventh edition of the Relais Desserts Charles Proust, who had a clear winner, the Japanese chef Keita Ishiguro; Les Awards du Chocolat, organized by the Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat, which distinguishes the most emblematic French and foreign chocolatiers of the year, now announced on the club website, and Le Trophée de la Pâtisserie Française, which challenged the candidates to propose an interpretation of the Religieuse and which awarded Dorian Zonca of the École Bellouet Conseil the first prize in the professional category.
Some important activities of the edition were the Japonismes area, where iconic Japanese products were exhibited, the Chocosphère, which hosted conferences with specialists and cocoa connoisseurs on the subtleties of chocolate, and a new space called Elles, which brought together great women of the sector (Vicky Bain from Chocoloza Belgian Chocolates, Ika Cohen from Ika Chocolate, Hasnaa Ferreira from Hasnâa Chocolats Grands Crus, Marjorie Fourcade from Foucade Paris, Maya Kanaan from M De Noir, and Mitsuha Letuppe from Mitsuha Chocolatier).
Art lovers had the chance to enjoy ephemeral works made with chocolate like a life-size house with furniture and garden made by Jean-Luc Decluzeau, a giant fox created by Yann Couvreur and Richard Orlinksi, and a 4-meter chocolate religieuse by Jeffrey Cagnes, Chef pâtissier of the maison Stohrer.
The touch of glamour was provided by the the chocolate fashion show, where impressive models walked with clothes created by efficient duos formed by chocolatier and designer.