Nation’s best chocolate is right here in Toowoomba
A TOOWOOMBA chocolate maker has beaten culinary masters from across the country to win the coveted Champion Australian Small Producer title at the prestigious Australian Food Awards.
Trevor Smith of Metiisto Artisan Chocolate took out the top gong at last night's awards in Melbourne, beating everyone from cattle and dairy farmers to olive oil and pate makers with his refined array of milk and dark cocoa creations.
"It's quite a big deal for us and you get a lot of exposure into different markets because there's a lot of people who don't know we exist," Mr Smith said.
Operating from a tiny 95sq m shed in an industrial estate in Toowoomba, Mr Smith and his wife Magdalena make all the chocolate by hand themselves using cacao beans from the Solomon Islands.
The business has only been operating for a year after Mr Smith packed in his career as a chocolatier in Sweden to move to Australia. But in just over 12 months, he has already secured customers across the US, France, England, Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand and at home.
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Metiisto has also picked up some of the biggest international accolades in chocolate this year including the Rising Star Award at the prestigious Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.
"We're starting to win bigger awards than what we've ever won, so we've just got to keep pushing it further and getting better and better," Mr Smith said.