The three Belgian chocolate kings 2024 according to Gault&Millau


True to tradition, restaurant guide Gault&Millau has awarded its top chocolatiers from Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. For 2024, they are Chocoladehuis Boon from Hasselt, Chocolaterie Legast from Braine-le-Comte and Pâtisserie-Chocolaterie Yashushi Sasaki from Brussels. In addition, Belle et Chocolat is the discovery of the year.

Quantity as well as quality in the range of chocolatiers continues to increase. That does not make the final award any easier. Yet for the eighth time in its annual chocolate guide, Gault&Millau managed to pick the absolute cream of the crop from the wide selection of 128 candidates for 2024, based on blind tastings. Mere appearance, aroma and taste determined who stood out head and shoulders above the rest.  

Boon, a 2005 project by Patrick Mertens and wife Inge Lijnen, combines craftsmanship, creativity and a richly varied offer for lovers of both traditional and new flavours. They also supply custom-made products to renowned commercial enterprises and luxury boutiques. International multiple award winners Thibaut Legast and wife Patricia Forero of Legast, active for 20 years, impressed the jury with their intensely flavoured authentic tablets and pralines. For its part, Yasushi Susaki conjures up refined and elegant creations of original chocolates, with a Japanese touch.  

Finally, in Namur, you will soon be able to taste Louise Gérard's sustainable and ethically made tablets and pralines from Belle et Chocolat, discovery of 2024. 

Plenty of choice, in other words!