Although the organization of the Salon de Chocolat in Paris has not yet made public the official figures of its 2022 edition, we can confirm that the fair once again aroused great expectation. From October 28 to November 1, the Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles brought together many visitors and exhibitors. The eagerness to share and learn and corridors full of people were the recurring theme for the five days.
On the stage of the Cacao Show, various experts gave lectures on the challenges of eco-responsibility in pastry and the problems related to the cultivation of cocoa. Meanwhile in the Pastry Show, prestigious chefs such as Nina Métayer, Naraé Kim, and Laurent Duchêne held inspiring demonstrations. As a novelty, we highlight the space In Residence, designed to publicize young brands led by consolidated professionals (Cyril Gaidella, Sébastien Serveau, Alléno&Rivoire, among other).
One of the highlights of the event was the celebration of major championships, postponed several times due to the coronavirus. Competitions such as the World Chocolate Master, which for the first time in its history was won by a Spanish chef, Lluc Crusellas; and the Mondial des Arts Sucrés that promotes diversity with men/women teams that granted the first prize to France, a country that is always one of the favorites to get on the podium.
Art lovers had the opportunity to enjoy monumental chocolate sculptures like a Bugatti Grand Prix type 35 reproduced at ¾ scale by Jean-Luc Decluzeau, or Cristalline de Cacao, a four-meter version of the crystal structure of cocoa butter by Francois Daubinet.
Like in every edition, the touch of glamour was provided by the chocolate catwalks, in which models walked around wearing clothes created by chocolatier and designer duos.