by The Chocolate Dictionary
A sculpture in chocolate. Whether they’re symbolising the subject portrayed is good enough to eat, commenting on our relationship with chocolate, or celebrating its aesthetic appeal, the range of chocoliths being created by talented sculptors stretches from extravagant table decorations, carefully carved busts, renditions of animals, buildings, ships, trains, airplanes and cars, wow-factor edifices, and all manner of abstract objets d’art.
Prudence Emma Staite from Gloucestershire, England, is an artist so keen for people to experience her sculptures with all their senses, she works almost entirely in chocolate, creating body parts such as breasts and bottoms, and even entire rooms. To celebrate chocolate week in 2004, and the centenary of Salvador Dali’s birth, she created replicas of his art such as the Space Venus out of Barry Callebaut couverture. To the obvious delight of visitors to her exhibitions, much of her work can be eaten afterwards.
Chocolatiers such as Jean-Charles Rochoux in Paris have taken chocolate sculpture to new heights, astounding customers with pieces so exquisitely crafted one would hesitate to touch them, let only eat them.
For an equally amazing example of just how creative chocolate sculptors can get, see the account of 2013 Culinary Olympics Winner Gerhard Petzl‘s work exhibited in Hong Kong at the Royal Banquet of Versailles.