Bleu Chocolat: When Chocolate Becomes Art

Bleu Chocolat, the new book by Stéphane Leroux, shows chocolate as you’ve never seen it before.


28 Nov 2017

Chocolate lovers all over the world already know that chocolate can enchant you with its smell and taste. Stéphane Leroux’s new astonishing book, Bleu Chocolat, will prove that just looking at chocolate can mesmerize you, too.

Bleu Chocolat is the result of an amazing collaboration between chocolatier & Puratos Technical Advisor, Stéphane Leroux, and Belcolade, the real Belgian chocolate brand of Puratos. This unique book will leave you filled with wonder. It unveils over 100 breath-taking pieces that look more like modern art than chocolate.

In two volumes, one artistic and one technical, Stéphane Leroux shares his experience and demonstrates the joy he feels when working with chocolate.

“Chocolate is an exceptional ingredient that unendingly obsesses and impresses me…” says Stéphane.

Composed by Belgian photographer Tom Swalens, the artistic volume portrays an array of pieces which will inspire and amaze you. “Photography is the only means I have to immortalize my creations, although I love the ephemeral, fragile aspect of chocolate,” Stéphane says. “This book is saving my creations for the future.”

The technical volume is a step-by-step guide through different techniques to create many of the amazing pieces.

When looking at Stéphane’s pieces, one does not automatically think “chocolate”. At first sight, readers only see marble, concrete, cardboard, sand and ceramics. They will feel astounded to discover that all these pieces are actually made of chocolate.

StÈphane Leroux en Tom Swalens - Bleu Chocolat

“We support our technical advisors in their creations and innovations and are proud to provide a platform for Mr. Leroux via this book. Bleu Chocolat is remarkable because it allows him to share his knowledge about chocolate with chocolate lovers around the world,” says Eddy Van Belle, Chairman of the board of Puratos Group.

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About Belcolade

Belcolade, the real Belgian chocolate brand of Puratos, is well known for its experience in developing specific flavors according to individual requirements. This results in a unique and unlimited palate of flavors designed to inspire and support the world's best chocolatiers, bakers and pastry chefs. In its Chocolate Center, Belcolade is constantly looking for innovative ways to work with chocolate, to share ideas, share best practices, new recipes and experiments. Belcolade chocolate is made from carefully selected cocoa beans, using solely pure cocoa butter and pure, natural vanilla. Belcolade is exclusively manufactured in the Erembodegem plant in Belgium, according to the genuine traditional Belgian production process.

About Puratos

Puratos is an international group, which offers a full range of innovative products and application expertise for artisans, industry, retailers and food service customers in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. Our headquarters are located on the outskirts of Brussels (Belgium), where the company was founded in 1919. Today, our products and services are available in over 100 countries around the world. In many cases, they are produced locally by our subsidiaries. Above all, we aim to be ‘reliable partners in innovation’ across the globe to help our customers deliver nutritious, tasty food to their local communities. In the US we are headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and have 4 production sites and 6 branches.

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