This humanist with a permanent smile, a surprising creativity, has always been able to advance his convictions to defend artisanal chocolate and accompany professionals. For more than 70 years, he has deployed his energy to advance our highest level of sweet gastronomy, especially the notoriety of French chocolate around the world and the recognition of cocoa farmers, coordinating the World Cocoa Day and the Chocolate instituted on October 1st.
In 1973 the idea of the Kettle Award came to Europe with the mutual agreement of Don Gussow, founder of the American Candy Kettle Association and Guy Urbain, an eminent Parisian confectioner, and a Club was formed in Europe. The European Candy Kettle Club consists of members from companies supplying ingredients and machinery to the confectionery industry as well as members of the Trade Press. The Club honours each year a company representative from the European confectionery industry who has excelled in the confectionery, chocolate and biscuit industry in research and development, innovation in product quality and production techniques and outstanding marketing and sales implementation, as well as a unique contribution to the industry’s progress.