The gastronomic guide Gault&Millau has named Euphrasie Mbamba as “Chocolatier of the Year 2019”. The young Cameroonian, who has settled and trained in Belgium, is now well established and being courted by the best chefs.
Euphrasie Mbamba brings with her the aromas of Madagascar and Cameroon, where her family’s plantation provides her with authentic ingredients. She has now struck out on her own after taking training courses at Cefor (hotel and catering sector evening classes) and at Callebaut. Her creations taste of goji berries (a small oblong red berry with a slightly sweet taste), jasmine and ginger, the mixed pralines that triumphed at the 2019 Chocolate Fair in Brussels, winning two medals – a silver and a bronze.
The star of the cocoa bean has since achieved her dream, opening her first two shops, named “Sigoji”, in Ciney and Rochefort. Euphrasie says that she puts all her emotions into her 100% dark chocolate pralines, which have a distinctive fruity taste; these emotions can clearly be felt by her regular clientele in Ciney and Rochefort, as well as by famous chefs.