Monday, September 9, 2013

Best Buy: Lorge Chocolates

Benoit Lorge is a French award winning Chocolatier who creates high quality handmade chocolates for gourmet shops, boutique hotels and restaurants from a converted post office outside Kenmare, Co. Kerry.

Benoit is a qualified pastry chef from the Lorraine region in France who has worked as head pastry chef in numerous Michelin star restaurants and hotels including; Michel Rostand in Paris, La villa in Corsica, Inverlochy Castle in Scotland and Sheen Falls lodge in Kenmare, before solely deciding to focus on producing quality artisan chocolates in Kenmare Co. Kerry.

It was during the off season winter months at Sheen Falls lodge that Benoit used his time to produce exclusive luxury chocolates to help raise money for local charities. The demand for Lorge very special boutique chocolates earned him an exclusive reputation and it wasn’t long before he transformed a derelict Post Office into a small artisan chocolate shop in Bonane.

"Benoit prides himself on following the traditions of the true artisan chocolatier creating his own unique chocolates which are incorporated in opulent table decorations for weddings, served as petit fours in top class restaurants and stocked in various artisan food stores across Ireland. Benoit uses only the finest ingredients sourced from all over the world refusing to compromise on quality. Since establishing himself in Kenmare, Lorge now welcomes the vibrant tourist trade that passes through Kenmare and offers online mail distribution to customers across Europe and the United States..."

Benoit has been selected as a food champion by Fáilte Ireland to represent Ireland in Norway this September promoting Irish food and artisan produce. It is his resounding passion and belief in Irish food which will actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in the Kerry region.

A new concept which Benoit has been working on will be in shops over the coming months known as Adam & Eve Chocolates which are handmade Irish chocolates designed for Men & Women. There is nothing random about the selection of flavours for the Adam & Eve range. Following extensive research into chocolate tastes; these seven classic centres were chosen for their popularity and luxurious enduring appeal amongst men and women.

Lorge Chocolates are stocked in all good artisan food stores with the Adam & Eve collection available to order online here. If you wish to stock Lorge Chocolates you can contact Benoit here (please mention my website when contacting).