This blog segment was intended to be a general listing of Paris’s best chocolate makers. As I delved deeper into my photos, images of the whimsical, bizarre, over-the-top creations of Patrick Roger trumped all. So let me introduce you:
Roger is not only master of the confection but has turned his hand to sculpture. Note the sting ray in his window at Place de Madeline. Branching out in the adjoining space are huge thought provoking slabs inviting the visitor to break off a piece and sample. But, non, non, non – you might get yelled at by the staff if you don’t read the “ne touch pas” signs.
His chocolates take on the traditional forms too, all lined up on a counter in the center of the store. Crazy good, with hints of this and that, it’s right here, almost too perfect to eat. But you will and you’ll be back because they’re seductive.
Go up the stairs and something else will have you guessing. An inviting room with leather sofas, a gallery of bronze sculptures. Roger has been at it again, he’s reinvented himself, his art has taken on yet another form.
Want to know more? Here’s his website http://www.patrickroger.com
The Figaroscope called him “L’enfant terrible de la ganache…” in 2010. He’s tackled Balzac, the Thinker, a 5-ton chocolate “monkeys in the wild”. Wonder what surprises he will be up to in 2016? A real artist to keep your eye on.
3 PLACE DE LA MADELEINE