Chocolaterie Joël Durand: the art of delicacies from A to Z

In his shop in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Joël Durand delights in tantalizing the taste buds of all those who love sweet treats. Jams, caramels, candy and especially chocolate are the culinary delights dreamed up by this passionate creator who draws his inspiration from Provence.
By Mélissa Darré

"Creativity is what keeps me going, what keeps me remaining faithful to my childhood dreams". And for good reason, because since a young age Joël Durand has had just one wish – to become a pastry chef. From improvising snacks for his siblings to buying his first store in Brittany at the age of 19, this prodigy did not put a foot wrong as he obtained his CAP diploma before learning his trade in large restaurants in Megève and Scotland.

But it is in the heart of the Alpilles that this master chocolatier, recognized in 1994 as one of the top 10 in mainland France, has finally decided to settle. His eponymous store has become an unmissable attraction of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, displaying its delicious chocolate squares that tell a story through a unique alphabet of Mediterranean flavours.

Cacao of all kinds are matched with ingredients that include fresh rosemary, lavender flowers, candied citron and cane apple honey, taking you on a journey to the heart of taste. Crunchy or melt-in-the-mouth, creamy or liquid, every delicious creation reflects this unparalleled artist's concern to achieve a balance between sweetness and the intensity of his flavours.

Chocolaterie Joël Durand
3 boulevard Victor Hugo
13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 92 38 25
www.joeldurand-chocolatier.fr

Chocolaterie Joël Durand: the art of delicacies from A to Z
Chocolaterie Joël Durand: the art of delicacies from A to Z
Joël Durand delights in tantalizing the taste buds of all those who love sweet treats
Photography: José Nicolas
His inspiration from Provence
His inspiration from Provence
Jams, caramels, candy and especially chocolate are the culinary delights dreamed up by this passionate creator
Photography: José Nicolas
A unique alphabet
A unique alphabet
Cacao of all kinds are matched with ingredients that include fresh rosemary, lavender flowers, candied citron and cane apple honey
Photography: José Nicolas

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