Chokolashow’s Charity Chocolate Extravaganza Finds Its Winner

The first CHOKOLASHOW, the event showcasing the creative prowess of young artists tasked with sculpting blocks of chocolate, began on May 9 within the confines of the unique Riva Tunnel dug beneath the Palace Rock. This year’s thematic inspiration revolved around vintage racing cars competing in the historic Monaco Grand Prix, challenging the interpretive skills of the participating sculptors.

It all started on May 2 with the allocation of 8 blocks of chocolate of 12 kg each to 8 students from the School of Fine Arts of Monaco (Pavillon Bosio) and the Academy of Fine Arts of Sanremo. The students drew cards corresponding to models of vintage racing cars. So they were all ready to take on the challenge of transforming chocolate into great art.

Caroline Bergonzi, a professional artist from Monaco, was also commissioned to create out-of-competition chocolate works of art. This all culminated on May 9 with an exhibition of their tantalizing works in the Riva Tunnel.

A big chocolate auction for charity

Adding a philanthropic dimension, the chocolate sculptures were sold during an auction orchestrated by Wannenes, raising a total of 5,000 euros which were donated to 8 associations selected by HSH the Prince of Monaco, as well as by Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who also signed a chocolate bar and sold it immediately afterwards. The eight charitable associations in the Principality of Monaco benefiting were: Frankie’s Children, Action Innocence, Passion Sea, Fight Aids Monaco, MAP, AMAPEI, Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio Benevolent Association, Society for the Protection of Animals.


Royal Tastings

This first Chokolashow offered participants the opportunity to participate in workshops and chocolate tastings, organized by Claudio Rossi. And it became a real royal affair when the Sovereign visited different workshops and tasted the different types of chocolate.


The Chokolashow Trophy

The artist Belinda Bussotti presented the Chokolashow Trophy, itself made from chocolate. Valentina Trassy, ​​a third-year student at Pavillon Bosio in Monaco, was the winning budding genius. It received the most preferences from all the partners and collaborators involved in the initiative.

Furthermore, by paying tribute to Lia Riva with a chocolate work created by Caroline Bergonzi, the Monaco International Hub (MIH) launched the theme of the next edition of the Chokolashow, which in 2025 will be dedicated to the world of yachting, including the Principality of Monaco. is a global spokesperson, notably through the Monaco Yacht Show.


Reflecting on this initiative, Maria Bologna highlighted the transformative opportunity it represented for budding artists, providing a platform for creative expression through a new medium.

And as president of MIH and creator of the project, Maria said: “I am very happy to have seen so many people visiting us in the Riva Tunnel throughout the day. The tastings offered by the various partners of the event, as well as the presence of the Sovereign, made this event even more magical. We hope to repeat with the same success and the same formula next year, dedicating it to the world of yachting…”.



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