Chef Alain Ducasse has opened Le Chocolat, a chocolate shop in London, specifically in Coal Drops Yard, close to Granary Square and Regent’s Canal, where you can buy chocolate products produced in his bakeries in Paris.
Alain Ducasse’s team uses traditional methods to produce unique pieces of chocolate. Although you might think that the mere fact of being hand-made means there is little variety, the range is actually quite extensive. As regards the chocolates, these fall into three large families: ganaches, pralines and truffles. In chocolate bars there are up to 46 different types and, additionally, a large number of delicatessen products like candied fruit and fruit dipped in chocolate, chocolate spread, chocolate-coated nuts, etc. Obviously, all the ingredients are top quality such as for example Cacao de Origen from Venezuela which is produced by women of the country. Ducasse won the Basque Culinary World Prize for the Cacao de Origen project in 2016.
England, Japan and the Internet
Le Chocolat, apart from now having a physical shop in the United Kingdom, also currently has a couple of shops in Japan and the online business is expanding – it’s now also possible to purchase online from any country in the world.
Ducasse, Urweiller and Francis-Gaigneux, a formidable trio
Since 2013, Ducasse has been working on his new passion; chocolate. Taking care of the cocoa bean through each process, Alain Ducasse has brought this project to life alongside cocoa bean roaster Philippe Urweiller and producer Quentin Francis-Gaigneux. The three form a trio capable of influencing every step of the process to achieve whatever flavours and aromas they want.
Image’s source: Web Le Chocolat – Alain Ducasse