Romuald Ledoux, master chocolatier and owner of popular Au Peche Mignon café, in the center in Port Vila, held his first chocolate tasting of his products made from 100% Vanuatu cocoa beans from Malekula at his cafeteria on Wednesday.

“This is a big day for this Easter and I think this will give us luck,” Mr. Ledoux quipped.

For the future of a big organic chocolate, and for this premier, he said he had the opportunity to work with Gaston Chocolate from Port Vila on chocolate beans from different plantations in Port Vila.

“Of course, other islands are able now to provide these fruits that are by the way the most complicated to transform, because the fabrication process needs a lot of rigor on all the steps to obtain a finished product that you are going to taste in a few minutes,” Mr. Ledoux said to his guests before opening up the tasting session.

“I am very proud now to bring my little contribution to this premier in Vanuatu to discover the specifics of this promising chocolate

“And now let’s move to the tasting, the team from Au Peche Mignon will pass to trickle your taste buds.”

Because of his passion, Mr. Ledoux has been one of the pioneers of the chocolate manufacturing business in Vanuatu, with 200kg of foreign raw chocolate sold every three months during the last 20 years.

“What a big satisfaction now in 2018, 20 years later, to be able to work with chocolate coming exclusively from Vanuatu,” he added.

Ledoux took the over Au Peche Mignon in 1998 from its creator, Francis Gazeaux, and built it up to where it is today.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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