EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF AND OWNER OF "CHEZ CHRISTOPHE"
Christophe Bonzon is a Swiss trained Pastry Chef/Chocolatier. His resumé has almost two decades of hard work, studying under some of Europe's grand masters in the fine art of pastry and chocolate, both in his native Switzerland, Australia and in France. After arriving in Canada with his wife Jess, Christophe was the Executive Pastry Chef at the award-winning CinCin Restorante in Vancouver, Canada. In March of 2013 the couple opened their doors to Chez Christophe in Burnaby, BC. In 2016 Chez Christophe relocated to a new location across the street to a larger facility and accommodate more café seating. He was recently honoured to become an official Cacao Barry Ambassador and looks forward to collaborating with other pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Christophe’s creations have travelled the world and was bestowed with Gold at the 2014 International Chocolate Awards World Final (London UK) in the White Chocolate Ganache and Truffle category. The success continued as Christophe participated at the 2015 World Chocolate Masters Canadian Final and won four awards. Bonzon was then nominated amongst the top five finalists at the 2015 BC Small Business Awards in the category of New Immigrant Entrepreneur. He received two finalist nominations at the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards in the category of “Business Person of the Year” and “Entrepreneurial Spirit”.
Born in a small village in Switzerland, Bevilard (population 1700), Laure found her love of desserts at a young age. She began her life in the kitchen at age 15 and completed a five year apprenticeship in pastry, bread and chocolate. Laure is all about precision and details, which makes her fit perfectly into the chocolate world. The diversity that chocolate gives her brings inspiration and fuels her creativity. Seeing the joy that her creations give people brings a smile to her face. In her free time Laure enjoys a wide variety of activities ranging from independent sports to downhill biking. You can find her with her camera taking photographs on days off or dreaming of her next adventure in travels. To this day, she misses real cheese when she is in Canada.
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER AND BARISTA
Lailla is our Front of House Manager and Barista since November 2015. Originally born in Dewsbury, United Kingdom, Lailla moved here when she was just one year old. Passionate about coffee, both the technical and artistic sides of coffee intrigue her. Knowing that the field of coffee is always evolving with opportunities to continuously learn really makes her love going to work each day. Balancing flavours of the bean and working on presentation is a passion and teaching these skills to others became a natural fit for her. In her free time, Lailla loves to go hiking with friends. She loves cooking along with reading and sketching and doing all things crafty.