The GOODS from Chez Christophe
Burnaby, BC | Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie’s buttery, puff pastry flutes have earned gold at the 2017 BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) Product of the Year Award gala during FoodProWest.
The Product of the Year Award recognizes a product that shows innovation; criteria including taste (if applicable), product packaging, marketing, innovation, and environmental impact. 26 companies participated this year. The judging panel, chaired by Top Chef Canada’s Mijune Pak, included Vikram Vij, Overwaitea Food Group’s Ken Clark, White Spot’s Danny Marcowicz, Lyra Growth’s Charles Chang, Sobeys’ Jeff Nadon, and BC Ministry of Agriculture’s James Street.
“My team and I are so proud to win gold for our flutes, which are definitely a customer favourite at our shop,” explains Christophe Bonzon, pastry chef and owner of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie. “When we first made them, we would often sell out and it was at that point we thought, why don’t we introduce our flutes to even more people. After working hard on the packaging and distribution, we finally made it happen.
The reception for them has been wonderful. I’m so happy because they are actually an integral part of my Swiss culture. In Switzerland, flutes are often enjoyed as an aperitif option when hosting.”
Chez Christophe’s flutes, retailing for $5.95 each, come in three flavours – Cracked Sea Salt, Black Sesame, and Parmigiano. They are very versatile and can be enjoyed as is, paired with a variety of dishes like a charcuterie board, and complement wine tastings.
“The BCFPA Product of the Year event has gotten larger each year,” says BCFPA CEO James Donaldson. “Chez Christophe was a very deserving Gold Medal winner among 26 outstanding products receiving a nomination this year.”
Chez Christophe’s flutes can currently be found at more than 50 retail locations in B.C., Alberta, and the Yukon. B.C. locations include Chez Christophe, Gourmet Warehouse, Meinhardt, Urban Fare, Well Seasoned, Whole Foods, and Winsor Meats. For a complete list and for more information, visit www.christophe-chocolat.com.
The BCFPA is a not-for- profit organization dedicated to represent all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry, and to coordinate common industry activities and resources under one umbrella. The Association represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies. For more information, please visit www.bcfpa.ca.
4717 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC
Telephone: 604.428.4200 | Email: info [at] christophe-chocolat.com
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Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm | Saturday 8am-5pm | Sunday 9am-4pm | Closed Mondays Monday
Christophe Bonzon, Co-Owner & Executive Pastry Chef
Jess Bonzon, Co-Owner
About Chez Christophe
The story of Chez Christophe is a story of love and passion – your Artisans love for sharing his creations and a little bit of his Swiss origins by introducing you to a small taste of Switzerland. Christophe Bonzon discovered chocolate at the age of ten when he was helping his mother make chocolate truffles as a gift for Christmas. Since then the passion for sweet food never left him. Christophe is a Swiss trained “Confectioner” or in more familiar terms Pastry Chef/Chocolatier. Alongside chocolate another of his passions is creating artistic sculptures with sugar. For the meticulous Christophe, his art lies in “the freedom of creativity and my passion for creating artistic sculptures with sugar and chocolate – the opportunities to transform are endless.”
Christophe’s resumé is studded with a decade full of intense apprenticeships and coursework in the fine art of pastry and chocolate, both in his native Switzerland and in France. Amongst many other institutions he has studied under some of Europe’s grand masters at Zurich’s Chocolate Academy, and at l’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in France. Various professional postings followed, including as pastry chef at Confectionary Schneider in Switzerland, followed by Choux Cafe in Western Australia. Christophe worked as an Executive Pastry Chef at one of the finest French Pastry Shops in Perth.
More recently Christophe was the Executive Pastry Chef at the award-winning CinCin Restorante in Vancouver, Canada. Christophe is a firm believer that you are constantly learning throughout your life for the learning curve never ends.