Chocolatier owner, Chocolaterie Samson
Her eyes sparkle with passion for her profession and her products. From humble beginnings in the basement of her house to being the first female member of the Chocolate Ambassador’s Club for Cacao Barry in North America, there’s quite a story to tell about Nancy Samson.
A graduate of the pastry and chocolate program at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) in 1989, Nancy Samson decided to perfect her skills at various establishments, such as Normand Laprise’s restaurant Citrus and several hotels including the Delta in Montréal and the Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta.
While still concluding her university studies, she was already teaching baking and pastry-making, yet finding the time to turn out her own chocolates … from her own home! Among her clients was the Première Moisson bakery chain. After a time during which she continued to upgrade her skills, she earned the title of Woman Chef of the Year in 2009, and became the first female ambassador for the chocolate company Cacao Barry in North America. She opened her first store in Trois Rivières in 2015, choosing to locate in a former bank dating back to the 1920s. This boutique is now considered one of the best chocolate shops in Québec, possibly in Canada. Nancy’s motto is to always aim higher, constantly improving her abilities to give people a unique taste experience.
This life-long learning approach has taken her to Philippe Urracca, France’s biggest pastry maker, in Gimont. Since 2012, she’s working under Patrick Roger, the world-renowned French chocolatier.
When not in her shop, Nancy may be found involved in social causes. She’s raised money through her unique chocolate creations for the impoverished at Christmas and the fight against breast cancer at Valentine’s.