is born in Italy but raised in Belgium, Marcolini began his love affair with cacao during childhood. Feeding his passion, he trained as a pastry chef and chocolatier. His extraordinary skills were rewarded when, barely thirty, he won the World Champion of Pastry competition in 1995. He opened his first shop in Brussels in 1994; and in order to satisfy the appetite the world has developed for his chocolate, he now has shops in Paris, London, Tokyo, Moscow, New York City and Kuwait . Marcolini’s chocolates are packaged in elegant paper boxes . Despite the small size of his operation and the demands on his time, Marcolini’s extreme passion to showcase cacao in a pure, unadulterated form motivates him to personally hand select the beans used for his chocolate. One can admire his devotion; but in order to truly appreciate it, one must taste his bars.