Twenty years ago, Dominique Persoone took his first steps in the world of artisanal chocolate production in the Belgian city of Bruges. Today, The Chocolate Line, the company he founded with his wife Fabienne, enjoys tremendous success worldwide.
Dominique Persoone sells his unique creations to the only three Belgian restaurants with three Michelin stars (De Karmeliet and Hertog Jan in Bruges and Hof Van Cleve in Kruishoutem) and many other restaurants around the world.
The famous chocolatier has several friends in the world of international haute cuisine, including famous chefs like Albert Adrià, Sergio Herman, Jordi Roca, Heston Blumenthal, Gaston Acurio, and René Redzepi, among others.
The factory in Bruges.
“I work hard, and my life can be very hectic, but I still find it incredible to be in contact with people from the world of gastronomy. Sharing our passion for food leads to amazing projects and takes me to many wonderful places,” says Persoone.
The Chocolate Line boutiques
He spends most of his time traveling around the world talking about his passion and explaining the way he produces his unique chocolates. It is not unusual to see him giving lectures and talks at events such as Madrid Fusion, Star Chefs New York, Mistura Peru, or the Chocolate Week in Brazil or London.
His unique chocolates with cabernet sauvignon grapes, wasabi or lavender are highly appreciated, as well and his chocolate pills— which come in glass bottles as if they were medications. His lipsticks in various chocolate combinations are also coveted as special sweets.
Recently Stephen Jones, the famous British milliner, requested a series of chocolate decorations for his new hat collection.
Sweet creations by the Chocolate Line
But perhaps one of the most commented novelties are his caviar-filled chocolates, inspired by his recent research with savory and sweet flavor combinations. For their preparation, he buys caviar from a Spanish firm at a cost of $312 per 120 grams of sturgeon roe. Each bonbon is filled with 1.2 grams of caviar, so a box of 9 small chocolates costs $30. Persoone has produced a limited edition of 3,000 cases, and it is known that many of these chocolates have traveled to Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, and Dubai. Each piece is covered with black chocolate, a layer of caviar, and a final cover of praline, which is a particular specialty of Persoone.
Copyright photos: The Chocolate Line. ■