PIERRE MARCOLINI: WHERE CHOCOLATE MEETS DESIGN

Rocco Forte Hotels

Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini combines heritage with a love of fine ingredients and a passion for ground-breaking design. An award-winning chocolatier, Marcolini is renowned for his delicious and design-forward creations, which frequently feature collaborations with notable names from the worlds of fashion and art—including the likes of Victoria Beckham and Tom Dixon. Here, he discusses his creative process, sources of inspiration and the parallels between chocolate and fashion.  

Where do you begin when designing a new chocolate collection?

“Taste is everything, so I begin by exploring different flavour combinations before settling on a recipe. Once I have that, I begin to think about the look and draw the shape. When I have a rough idea, we start experimenting with my research and development team in order to create the finished product.”

What have been some of your most memorable design collaborations?

“I have lots of amazing memories from my time working with Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin, who is famous for his surrealist dinners. Collaborating with him is always about creating stunning and unexpected designs.”

Where do you go in Brussels when you are in need of inspiration?

“I find inspiration everywhere. It can be during a dinner, reading a book or going to an art exhibition. I do a lot of travelling every year, and that certainly inspires me. In particular, I have a passion for Japan and Japanese culture. When I am in Brussels, I love to visit my favourite contemporary art galleries in the city, including BOZAR and Magritte Museum.”

You recently created a collection with designer Victoria Beckham. What similarities did you discover between the worlds of chocolate and fashion?

“For me, the similarity is that in both worlds we strive for the right balance between taste, shape and proportion. Both chocolate and fashion rely on unique know-how, craftsmanship and an accurate sense of details.”

Are there any designers that you would love to collaborate with in the future?

“There are few… but I prefer to keep them secret. Watch this space!”

Discover Pierre Marcolini's Easter chocolate collection on display at hotel Amigo throughout April 2019. On 26th April, enjoy a special Easter Sunday brunch with Pierre Marcolini at Ristorante BoCCOni, which includes a tasting of the collection. To make a reservation, email reservations.amigo@roccofortehotels.com or call + 32 2 547 4707.


You may also like

Berlin’s Culinary Delights – Fine Dining in the German Capital

The combination of tradition and the joy of experimentation makes the Berlin gastronomy scene a hotspot for connoisseurs.


Renowned travel journalist and food expert, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, with bylines in Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and the BBC, reveals her top restaurants.

From classic to avant-garde, the city promises a diverse culinary journey – explore her recommended eateries near Hotel de Rome.

Awaken your senses with our Italian destinations

Along Italy's picturesque southern coastline from Puglia to Sicily, three of our hotels awaken to embrace the arrival of spring.  From rolling countryside hills to the sugary shores of inviting beaches, each retreat exudes its own distinct charm, offering an array of experiences for guests to discover…

Cuisine of the Gattopardo

Cloudless sky, stoic cliffs, pristine sand, and crystal waters meet as if in silent agreement. For millennia, Sicily’s beauty has beckoned travellers, who recount their visits like voyeurs humbled by her charms. The landscape is a compliment to the vibrant hues of Palermo’s bustling markets, where almond-studded biscotti, emerald-green olives cultivated from generous soil, and ruby-red tomatoes blend like a painting.