” Our chocolate is made from bean to bar in a collective effort, and all of our recipes are established by our group, led by our remarkable head chocolatier, Gizelle Pare,” explains Shelley Bolton, East Van Roasters supervisor and chocolate maker. “All of us at East Van Roasters and the PHS are really happy with this achievement.”
East Van Roasters took home one silver and one bronze at the recognized 2019 International Chocolate Awards World Final, which took place on Nov. 18, 2019, in Antigua, Guatemala. This reputable bean-to-bar social enterprise is owned and operated by the PHS Community Services Society and got two awards in the flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles category. The Cranberry Spruce, made with juicy pâte de fruit on top of the spruce-infused ganache, won silver and the Cardi C, a cardamom and coffee-infused ganache with a crispy feuilletine earned bronze.
These two prestigious awards contribute to East Van Roasters‘ growing list of awards – this craft chocolate maker was honoured earlier this year when all five of its submissions received acknowledgement at the Canadian competition in September. Making an overall of seven awards, East Van Roasters took house one gold, three silvers, one bronze and two special category awards. Its single-origin Lachuá, Guatemala and Pangoa, Peru dark chocolate bars likewise received honours at the Americas competition in June.
The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition that recognizes quality in fine chocolate making. Submissions from chocolate makers and chocolatiers around that world go through an extensive multi-level evaluating procedure. Products are first submitted in national competitors, then those winners are judged over four days during the Grand Jury round, with finalists going on to the World Final.