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Opening Night 2019-11-20T17:15:40+01:00

The opening night

Tuesday 29 October 2019, the 25th Salon du Chocolat opened its doors for a gourmet and charity evening.

After enjoying exclusive access to the Salon and meet some of the most talented professionals in the industry, António and Fradique, the artists behind Calema and natives of São Tomé and Principe – aka “Cocoa Island” – were back on stage at the Cacao Show after their very first concert back in 2011. What an honour!

This exceptional show continued with the chocolate fashion show which retraced the great history of chocolate, from its discovery 500 years ago to today, and showed off a selection of the greatest chocolate dresses created exclusively for the Salon.

A great evening organised on behalf of the Children of Africa Foundation in the presence of Mrs Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, founder of the Children of Africa Foundation, and Marraine of the Salon du Chocolat.

An exceptional programme

7pm – Opening

Enjoy exclusive access to the Salon and meet some of the most talented professionals in the industry.

8pm – An exclusive concert by Calema

António and Fradique, the artists behind Calema and natives of São Tomé and Principe – aka “Cocoa Island” were back on stage at the Cacao Show after their very first concert back in 2011. What an honour!

They’ve racked up more than 200 million views on YouTube and more than 130 concerts in 12 countries over the past two years, including shows on the biggest stages in Portugal with their album “A nossa vez”.

Following their sell-out Olympia concert in 2019, they were back in France to “close the loop” and played live for the inaugural evening at the Salon du Chocolat on the 29th October 2019.

Discover Calema’s music

8:30pm – The chocolate fashion show

This once-in-a-lifetime show retraced the great history of chocolate, from its discovery 500 years ago to today, and showed off a selection of the greatest chocolate dresses created exclusively for the Salon.

With the participation of students from AICOM (International Academy of Musical Comedy).

The creators & chocolatiers of the fashion show:

  • Max Chaoul & Philippe Bernachon
  • Stella Cadente & Jean-Paul Hévin
  • Angélique Godey & Stéphane Bonnat
  • Cassandra Allaire & Jean-Luc Decluzeau
  • Elsa Muse & François Daubinet for FAUCHON
  • Stella Bonet & Morgane Richard for Tahiti Origin By M.
  • Michael Leyva & Kelly Go et Mark Mendoza Ocampo for Auro, in collaboration with Sylvie Guillaume for SILVA
  • Lauren Bitar & Arnaud Larher
  • Sébastien Tesson & Vincent Guerlais
  • Jean-Paul Benielli & Jeffrey Cagnes pour la Maison Stohrer
  • Elise Martimort & Hasnaâ Ferreira
  • Lecoanet Hemant & Christophe Bertrand for À La Reine Astrid
  • Félix Farrington for « La Petite Robe Noire » by Didier Ludot & Anne Benoit for Benoit Chocolats
  • L’Atelier Flory Brisset and l’Atelier Thiery & Christophe Bertrand for À La Reine Astrid
  • Lauren Bitar & Frédéric Cassel
  • Patrice Chapon
  • Jules Blavier & Denis Jullemier for Des Lis Chocolat
  • Angélique Godey & Maison Boissier
  • Jérémie Pujo & Vincent Lechevallier
  • Mado à Paris
  • Gilles Touré & Cémoi
  • « Cacao du Pérou » by Ricardo Dávila & Frederic Blondeel
  • Jean-Claude Jeanson for the Pâtisserie Jeanson