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Chez Christophe flutes awarded top honours at BC Food Processors Association’s Product of the Year Award Gala

Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie’s buttery, puff pastry flutes have earned gold at the 2017 BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) Product of the Year Award gala during FoodProWest.

The Product of the Year Award recognizes a product that shows innovation; criteria including taste (if applicable), product packaging, marketing, innovation, and environmental impact. 26 companies participated this year. The judging panel, chaired by Top Chef Canada’s Mijune Pak, included Vikram Vij, Overwaitea Food Group’s Ken Clark, White Spot’s Danny Marcowicz, Lyra Growth’s Charles Chang, Sobeys’ Jeff Nadon, and BC Ministry of Agriculture’s James Street.
 
“My team and I are so proud to win gold for our flutes, which are definitely a customer favourite at our shop,” explains Christophe Bonzon, pastry chef and owner of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie. “When we first made them, we would often sell out and it was at that point we thought, why don’t we introduce our flutes to even more people. After working hard on the packaging and distribution, we finally made it happen. The reception for them has been wonderful. I’m so happy because they are actually an integral part of my Swiss culture. In Switzerland, flutes are often enjoyed as an aperitif option when hosting.”

Photo by Sophia Cheng PR

Photo by Sophia Cheng PR

Chez Christophe’s flutes, retailing for $5.95 each, come in three flavours – Cracked Sea Salt, Black Sesame, and Parmigiano. They are very versatile and can be enjoyed as is, paired with a variety of dishes like a charcuterie board, and complement wine tastings. 

“The BCFPA Product of the Year event has gotten larger each year,” says BCFPA CEO James Donaldson. “Chez Christophe was a very deserving Gold Medal winner among 26 outstanding products receiving a nomination this year.”

Chez Christophe’s flutes can currently be found at more than 50 retail locations in B.C., Alberta, and the Yukon. B.C. locations include Chez Christophe, Gourmet Warehouse, Meinhardt, Urban Fare, Well Seasoned, Whole Foods, and Winsor Meats. For a complete list and for more information, visit www.christophe-chocolat.com.
 
The BCFPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to represent all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry, and to coordinate common industry activities and resources under one umbrella. The Association represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies. For more information, please visit www.bcfpa.ca.


ABOUT CHEZ CHRISTOPHE
In 2013, award-winning pastry chef, chocolatier, and Cacao Barry Ambassador Christophe Bonzon opened Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie with his wife Jess Bonzon in the bustling Burnaby Heights neighbourhood. Bringing a bit of Swiss flair to Canada, their collection of fine handmade chocolates ranges from artistic chocolate sculptures, creative truffle flavours to signature chocolate bars, and seasonal favourites. Customers can also find an array of macarons, viennoiserie, desserts, and cakes at Chez Christophe. Due to overwhelming support, the pair moved to a larger location in 2015 with more seating, an outdoor patio, and an expanded menu with sandwiches.
Chez Christophe is located at 4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.christophe-chocolat.com.