You probably know the Oustau de Baumanière restaurant for its three stars in the Michelin Guide or because of the presence of the chef and jury of Top Chef Glenn Viel. Food lovers will be happy to learn that the Baumanière hotel has added to its already extensive culinary offer with the opening of its own chocolate factory. So, you have no more excuses not to stop in Les Baux-de-Provence. You’ll enjoy or take home delicacies that you won’t find anywhere else.
A chocolate shop in the spirit of jewelry on the Place des Artisans
This chocolate shop, in the spirit of a jewelry store, is located on the Place des Artisans de Baumanière. As soon as you enter this cocoon of sweets, you will discover a decoration made of noble and natural materials with wood, glass, metal and wood, terracotta and blue tones. The creations are presented in a window, a tasting table is available and the packaging of the pieces is more than refined.
The project of this chocolate shop was initiated by the 29 year old chocolate chef Brandon Dehan, elected pastry chef of the year 2020. To understand the whys and wherefores of this opening, the pastry chef shared a few words with us:
“It’s already been a year that we have been working on the creation of this chocolate shop. At the beginning of 2021 Jean-André Charial (owner and former chef of L’Oustau de Baumanière) asked us what our future plans were. Being a great chocolate lover himself, he very quickly gave me his approval.
The year 2022 is the starting point of this beautiful project. To support him, the gifted pastry chef Brandon Dehan has recruited the young chocolate chef Julien Despaquis (winner of the Cabosse d’Or Junior Trophy and former employee of Pascal Caffet in Troyes).
Together, they offer confections to die for. The praline is at the heart of their sweets. You will have the choice between gourmet bars, pure bars (from Cuba, Sao Tome, Ecuador, Vietnam…), candy boxes or confectionery according to the seasons. Whether you are a chocolate lover or simply a gourmet, we are convinced that the know-how of these two geniuses will make you melt with pleasure!
Creations for everyone
The chocolate factory is not only reserved for the spa hotel’s guests, but is also accessible to all visitors. If you want to taste these chocolates and sweets without moving, it is also possible! They are delivered everywhere in France, thanks to the online store.
To give you a taste of what awaits you in this chocolate factory, we leave you with the words of the chocolate maker:
“Chocolate is from a noble product, a material that I am particularly fond of with so many possibilities to work it. There is a lot of greed and pleasure in this product and that is what drives me. Chocolate is also Jean-André Charial’s pet peeve, so it was important to me to carry out this project with him and then there was the space and the desire for a new challenge. – Brandon Dehan
The entire Unique Hôtel Spa team is eager to taste these confections. The Domaine de Baumanière has established itself as a French culinary reference and never ceases to amaze us with its beautiful projects and remarkable know-how.