Brett's sweet success at London chocolate awards
BRETT Roy is a kind of modern day Willy Wonka.
From his boutique chocolate store in Canada, the 45-year-old spends his days creating some of the finest chocolate in the world.
"The secret is to use the best ingredients," he said.
"I make some of my chocolate from the world's rarest cacao beans, recently rediscovered in the Marañón Canyon of Peru."
Mr Roy, who grew up in Lowood, has been committed to crafting fresh, premium chocolate for the past decade.
The gifted chocolatier received international recognition this month, awarded with two silver medals in the prestigious International Chocolate Awards.
The annual competition, held in London, recognises the highest quality chocolate in the world.
More than 13,500 chocolate entries were received this year from chocolatiers across Europe, the Americas and Canada.
Mr Roy was awarded the medals for two of his sweets - his pure nacional chocolate and his raspberry noir dark chocolate bonbon.
"We make the raspberry noir with a gran couva chocolate from Madagascar," he said.
"The pure nacional is made with the rarest cacoa in the world and was only given the official genetic seals by the US Department of Agriculture last year.
"It's a very special and very expensive product to work with."
Mr Roy said the achievement was a real honour and confirmed that he was on the right track in his career.
"This was the first time I had entered the competition, but it definitely won't be the last," he said.
His Edmonton-based store, Sweet Lollapalooza Confections, has already made a name for itself among chocoholics in the city.
"My staff and I work with about 50 different types of chocolate and create our products from scratch each day," he said.
"The store has become popular, we will offer 10gm pieces of chocolate for about $3 and sell up to 120 of those pieces a day."