Your shops always have spectacular window displays. What are you working on in terms of sculpture in chocolate at the moment?
Depending on the season and world events, we explore a lot of different themes. That (pointing to two giant polar bears in chocolate on one of the worktables) is (meant to raise awareness) about the ice shelves and global warming...we want to get the message across in our stores. If we don’t take action, polar bears will become brown bears like these.
And over there-(pointing to an enormous square block of chocolate with what looks like fossils carved into a side) - I don’t know if you can make out what it is, but it will become an elephant trapped in a block. The elephant sculptures will be around four meters high once they’re finished.
Chocolate is an incredible means of communication-- it’s monstrous. Everyone eats chocolate, so you can get a lot across.
We’ll also be working on the theme of “defending flavor” this year. You get (the best flavors) straight from the garden and with the best raw ingredients. We have our own garden here on the premises. But after that, the processing is what’s really crucial. You can have the world’s best raw ingredients, but if you don’t process them correctly, you end up with nothing.