Belgium National Competition 2015 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the first Belgian National Competition for chocolatier products, which was judged in Brussels at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place, 22 – 25 January 2015. The winners were announced at the Brussels Salon du Chocolat on 6 February 2015.

The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate.

International judges

The judges were drawn from local experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from Belgium and members of our permanent international Grand Jury.



The entry categories include flavoured chocolate bars, filled chocolates and spreads and are based on yearly feedback from our entrants and in consultation with the fine chocolate industry. All judging is anonymised, included at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting.

The Winners of the Belgium National Competition 2015 are:


Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

BRONZE: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier – Yuzu du Japon

BRONZE: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier – Poivre Noir de Madagascar

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

GOLD: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier – Cumin Vert d’Alnif

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

GOLD: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier – Fleur de Sel de Guerande

Flavoured white chocolate bars

SILVER: Jean Galler – Tablette yaourt framboise



Unflavoured dark ganaches or truffles

GOLD: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier – Ganache Cru

SILVER: VS (Stephen Vandeparre) – Croco de Madagascar

Nut based pralines

GOLD: Godiva – Réserve Privée Pistache Bronte Praliné

BRONZE: Darcis, Maître Chocolatier – Sésame

BRONZE: Godiva – Réserve Privée Noisette Piémont Praliné

Dark chocolate gianduiotto / cremino

BRONZE: Darcis, Maître Chocolatier – Tonka

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

GOLD: Chocolatier M – Gin Tonic

SILVER: Chocolatier M – Dark Mix

SILVER: Contes De Fèves – Praline Arthur

BRONZE: Benoit Nihant Chocolatier Cacaofèvier – Sésame

BRONZE: Darcis, Maître Chocolatier – Coquelicot

Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

GOLD: Chocolatier M – Umami / Artisan Soy sauce Caramel & roasted sesame

SILVER: Didier Smeets – Caramel au beurre salé

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

BRONZE: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier – Gingembre de Guilin



Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

SILVER: Chocolatier M – Passion – Sechuan

Ganaches or truffles with mixed dark/milk/white coating & fillings

GOLD: Darcis, Maître Chocolatier – Passion

SILVER: Chocolatier M – Kalamansi – Coriandre

BRONZE: Chocolatier M – Seabuckthorn – Duindoornbes

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

GOLD: Darcis, Maître Chocolatier – Cacahuète

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

GOLD: Chocolatier M – Caramel fleur de sel – sesamecrunch

BRONZE: Darcis, Maître Chocolatier – Aphrodite



Spreads with milk chocolate

BRONZE: Chocolatier Demaret – Pâte à tartiner Noisettes


We thank all of this year’s entrants for taking part, our sponsors and partners for helping to make the Awards possible and all the judges who gave up their time to be part of the judging process.