Chocolatier M

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Absolute top quality

Chocolatier David Maenhout & Isabelle Hertsens and team indulge their customers with unique chocolates with an eye for design and a sensation of flavours and textures in exactly the right balance.

Our secret: ingredients of regional or global origin of absolute top quality.


Growing up as the 4th generation of a brewing family, David decided to make the switch to the wonderful world of chocolate when he was in his late twenties. A well-considered choice after the family business was sold. Besides a passion for food, travel & expeditions, internships in Paris, Barcelona and various courses form the basis of what would become Chocolatier M, founded in 2005. David created his own unique style by extensively testing and striving for perfection.



David’s creations were picked up early on and he was named Ambassador for Belgian Chocolate by Barry-Callebaut, the largest chocolate producer in the world. Quite an honour!

As an Ambassador, David is part of a worldwide network of top professionals in their field. With the aim of promoting Belgian chocolate, support in product development and sharing knowledge.



Behind every strong man is a stronger woman.

Not always in the spotlight, but as a born manager and full of passion Isabelle makes sure all the cogs in the company run like a well-oiled machine.

A touch of indispensable feminine elegance which lets Chocolatier M shine with even more splendour.


Honoured as the very first GAULT&MILLAU ‘Chocolatier of the Year’.

Honoured as the very first: 'Chocolate Personality of the Year 2023' - industry award.

Gold and silver awards at competitions worldwide.

An ‘Innovation’ award, named ‘Chocolate Heaven’ by Foodepedia (UK), ‘Meilleur chocolatier de sa generation’ by Le Figaro (F), ‘Best chocolatier in Belgium’ by De Telegraaf (NL), nominated in the pre-selection of JCI young entrepreneur of the year, best dish at food festival ‘Mise en Plage’ in Knokke

... these are just a few recognitions we've received in recent years.


meets fashion & art

Ellen Petri is an excellent promoter of the refinement Chocolatier M stands for.

As a top model Ellen presents our high quality products with the elegance they deserve.

Some unique projects have already been created with artists & galleries, from Knokke to NYC. From matching our chocolates with works of art and interiors to exhibitions of chocolate figures.