Handmade Belgian Pralines by Philip Schroyen
Born and raised in Antwerp, Philip Schroyen blends generation of chocolate mastery and the artistry of contemporary Flemish expressionism to hand craft his delicate Belgian pralines. With meticulous attention to detail and an uncompromising selection of raw materials, Philip brings to life the true flavour and character of the Belgian praline. From rich dark chocolates with nuts and fruits to light and delicate fresh creams with vanilla notes and sweet berries, every praline is a sublime masterpiece and every bite is a gourmet experience.
Belgium is renowned for its hospitality. A small country, but a country that is never small, according to the words of King Leopold II in the 19th century as long as it has access to the sea.
In fact, going one hundred kilometers west from Brussels is enough to find long beautiful beaches, and one hundred kilometers to the east and south is enough to reach the ancient and wondrous Ardennes mountains with dense forests, winding rivers and flowing valleys touched by winter snow.
Belgium, however, is also known for its delicate cuisine and world-renowned for its chocolate.
Through its history, when Belgium was part of the Empire of Charles V, under Spanish rule, the port of Antwerp welcomed the fleet from the Americas, where cocoa had been discovered, leading of invention of what we now call chocolate.
This luxurious product, which was first used as a beverage at the time, spread throughout the world. But in Belgium it had a special destiny in Belgium, where artisan craftsmen throughout history adapted it to tablets and invented the praline.
These secrets have been handed over from generation to generation, notably for Philip Schroyen, who inherited the innate sense of creation from his parents and their parents before them, which combined with an artistic perception that he developed especially in his art of chocolate, but Also at the pictorial level, by the creation of several works exhibited regularly in gallery.
He expresses, in both cases, his sensitivity and his dream consists in reconciling the creation of paintings with his other passion, chocolate.
He combines dark chocolate with walnuts or fruit, creating an image, each time trying to give an aesthetic character related to his talents and especially his experience, thus offering us a journey into the world of gourmets and l 'art.