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Featured Character: Paris chocolatier, Patrick Roger from 'Semisweet: Life in Chocolate'

chocolocateteam — 4 years ago

Patrick Inspects Candies
Patrick Roger is one of the top chocolatiers in the world -- known by food connoisseurs for his rochers (a contrast of smooth praline filling and crunchy hazelnut flecks), ganaches, and dark chocolate made from lime or hot peppers. Chocolate Fact! In 2000, on the merits of his chocolate-making skills, Patrick won the highest honour bestowed on any chef in France: Le Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

Patrick and his Gorilla 1
But, Patrick’s high-end chocolate creations are not only tasty treats – they are veritable works of art. And, as an artist, Patrick is increasingly devoting his time to sculpting large-scale chocolate statues, which he proudly displays in the windows of his 7 Parisian boutiques. Currently, Patrick is working on a 150-pound chocolate orangutan. All of his chocolate sculptures have environmental and social messages, which he hopes will transcend the very idea of chocolate. Patrick believes that chocolate is the perfect medium to change the world – and its perceptions.

Patrick: “I didn’t discover chocolate, it discovered me.”

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