Famous for its palaces and its Festival, Cannes hosted for the second consecutive year the Salon du Chocolat de Cannes, which took place from November 23 to 26, 2013 at the Palais des Festivals.
A true gourmand pure Cannes event that highlighted the Maîtres Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs in the region. With a surface of 5,000 m2 – twice more than last year – it was a definitive consecration for this event which is a delightful interlude in preamble of holiday season.
Desire for gourmandise
All chocolate lovers therefore gathered in the Espace Riviera of Palais des Festivals to satisfy their desire for gourmandise before streaming displays of chocolates of all kinds, in all its forms: pure, liquid, enhanced and transformed. A dream world, of chocolate discoveries, a paradise of sensations between tasting pleasure of nose and eyes. More than 80 booths hosted by very friendly vendors offered the crowd of visitors to taste their chocolates while explaining how they were made and what country the used cocoa came from.
But the visit did not stop there, since many events completed these 3 days of immersion in the world of chocolate with first, on the stage area, a fashion show of models dressed in chocolate dresses and headdresses.
Chocolate fashion show
With the fashion show “Cirque chic, défilé choc”, the public of Salon du Chocolat de Cannes could see in the end of the day dream creations designed by duos of chocolatiers/designers from the region.
Thus, Jean-Luc Pelé, famous Cannes baker-pastry chef associated with Mouginoise stylist Sandra Maurel, presented at the fashion show a chocolated wild animals female tamer. Jérôme de Oliveira, from Intuitions by J in Cannes, world pastry champion in 2009, presented his creation “Choco Stylique” in tandem with Cannes designer Denis Durand, goldsmith of evening dresses. Michel Durieux, pastry chef of the Hotel Majestic Barriere in tandem with Lilian Bonnefoi, pastry chef of Hotel Eden Roc in Cap d’ Antibes, worked eight kilograms of chocolate in three colors, painted in gold powder to make a model signed by Cannes stylist Sandrine Belotti. Lélolia Pissot in collaboration with Amandine Relier and Philippe Brito associated with designer Aline Buffet created original chocolate dresses, both being inbred Cannes pastry chefs who have their own shop in the Capital of Cinema .
Finally, famous Cannes hairdresser and designer Eros Giuliani “sauerkrautet” with his magic fingers the sculpted cocoa hairstyles of the beautiful “belles à croquer” models, chocolated from head to feet. Eros Giuliani has also just launched his line of exclusive chocolate treatments.
Chocolate pastry demonstration
During these three days of Salon du Chocolat de Cannes, visitors were able to attend various workshops such as demonstrations and desserts tasting with the greatest chefs of restaurants in the area as Pascal Picasse (1 Michelin star), pastry chef of the famous Park Restaurant 45, or Christian Camprini, pastry chef and chocolatier in Valbonne, Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Also to be visited: workshops and chocolate pastry demonstration for children, a sensory area with toques and diplomas. Lectures, musical shows, exhibition of chocolate works were also part of the event.
In the lobby of the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, an exhibition of exceptional chocolate creations was to be devoured with the eyes.
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