Award-winning Guernsey chocolatier Ben Le Provost grew up on the island but has travelled all over the world to learn his craft. Made by hand using the finest locally sourced ingredients, his chocolates are beautifully presented and come in a wild range of flavours, from Star Anise & Pink Peppercorn to Marmite. Here, the talented chocolate-maker shares what inspires him and his favourite Guernsey sights.
How did you become a chocolatier?
“I started my career as a pastry chef so becoming a chocolatier was a natural progression. During my pastry chef days, I found that I particularly loved creating petit fours and that became my passion, so I decided to start my own business.”
What kind of local ingredients do you use in your chocolate?
“We use a lot of locally grown herbs as well as liqueurs from Haut Maison, which are made in Guernsey. We use plenty of Guernsey butter and cream, of course!”
With chocolates like Honey Roast Parsnip and Pea, where do you find inspiration for new flavours?
“I make a real effort to travel and to pay attention to what other chocolatiers are doing all around the world. I like to keep up with the latest trends in chocolate-making and try new things which inspire me to get creative. I’m delighted with the Chrysanthemum chocolates that we’ve recently created for Mother’s Day.”
What has been your career highlight?
“I would say working in a two Michelin star restaurant was such a source of inspiration for me. Winning our first award for our Ben Le Prevost chocolates was something really special too.”
What would a perfect day in Guernsey look like to you?
“There’s so much to see here. When I have a day off, I love to visit my favourite sights in Guernsey. I always recommend that everyone visits the little chapel, which is absolutely stunning, and Victor Hugo’s house but they need to book in advance for that. To me, Victor Hugo’s house is the best thing to see in Guernsey. I also find the German Occupation Museum incredibly powerful no matter how many times I’ve visited previously.”
Why do you think Guernsey has such a thriving community of gourmet businesses?
“I think it’s a combination of the abundance of incredible fresh produce we have here, from both land and sea. The island is wonderfully unspoilt which creates the ideal environment for growing fantastic ingredients. I’d also say that the French influence on the Channel Island probably helps emphasise the importance of enjoying the best food and drink possible too.”
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