4712 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC, V5C 2K7
Telephone: 604.428.4200 | Email: info [at] christophe-chocolat.com
Web: www.christophe-chocolat.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am to 6pm | Closed Sunday/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.
Want. FYI, Beta5 is actually doing a special six course Valentine dessert tasting on February 14th and 15th, so if you found this video as alluring as we did and you’ve yet to make plans, you might want to pounce on the tickets here. Pass it on.
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | Give something sweet this Valentine’s Day! Our chocolatiers and pastry cooks have been crafting a collection of unique items that celebrate love. In the chocolate kitchen, we are busy making 6 new chocolates (pictured above), including Sparkling Champagne, Cinnamon Hearts, and Vanilla Bourbon. Not to be outdone, our pastry team is working on a cream puff ‘Ring of Love’ – 16 mini cream puffs filled with 4 different creams. These creations are just a sample of our Valentine’s Day Collection this year. Come see the entire collection available in our store starting February 7, or take care of your shopping today, and pre-order through our webstore. We ship across Canada, and from February 1 through Valentine’s Day we will be offering free shipping on all orders over $75. Read more
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | Adding to their growing list of accolades, BETA5 has been named as one of North America’s Top 10 chocolatiers in the December issue of the prestigious Dessert Professional magazine, a highly respected industry publication that annually honours ten North American-based chocolatiers whose craft exemplifies the use of chocolate, and whose contributions have elevated the chocolate industry. BETA5 is the only Canadian chocolatier to make the list.
Vancouver’s BETA5 was also recently recognized with silver in the World Finals at the prestigious International Chocolate Awards. Held in London in October, the awards were judged by an international panel of chocolate experts, food journalists and pastry chefs, with competitive entries from around the globe. The International Chocolate Awards recognized BETA5’s Imperial Stout flavour with the silver award for filled milk chocolates. Imperial Stout chocolates are available alongside national award winners Olive Oil, Banana and Crispy Praline. These and the rest of the full line-up of signature chocolates are available this holiday season at the BETA5 workshop in Vancouver or online.
In addition to chocolates, BETA5 also makes award-winning marmalades. Taking the silver and bronze at the 2012 International Marmalade Awards, the preserves are brightly flavoured and delicately set. Made with traditional techniques, and using sustainably farmed California citrus, these marmalades are perfect with a fresh BETA5 croissant. Marmalades come in flavours like Bergamot, Yuzu, Pink Lemon and the award-winning Rangpur Lime and Seville Orange. Read more
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | We’re a young and growing team of pastry and chocolate professionals, and we’re looking for packaging staff, cooks, and an energetic and charismatic shopkeeper. For the shopkeeper position, the successful candidate will be confident, reliable, and professional with a sense of humour. Strong communications skills are a must, as is experience in customer service (front of house). We’re looking for a full-time, flexible person who is positive, solutions-oriented; someone who can easily and enthusiastically engage with our customers. Get all the details after the leap… Read more
A team of French scientists has cracked the genetic code of Theobroma cacao. Other cacao varieties of tree have had their genomes decoded, but Theobroma is the first from the top drawer. Thus, we can soon expect the manufacture of bio-engineered and disease-resistant cacao that will end up quite probably producing sublime chocolate.
Lesson: if you’re into science, move to France.