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BanoPuratos Group was established in 1995 as the exclusive distributor of Puratos in Lebanon. Over the last 23 years, BanoPuratos has grown to be one of the leading distributors of ingredient and equipment for the bakery, patisserie, chocolate and ice-cream sectors in the Middle East with major international suppliers.
Belcolade, the real Belgian chocolate brand is distributed by BanoPuratos in Lebanon and the Middle East. Belcolade Chocolate offers a unique and unlimited taste pallet that can be used flexibly. In its attempt to further spread its expertise, Bano-Puratos established, in 2019, the Academy of Baking Arts (ABA), a novel academy in the Middle East. ABA delivers experience in different sectors covering pastry, bakery, chocolate and ice cream for beginners and professionals with differently-designed courses by local and internationally-renowned chefs. The courses are defined through hands on master classes, collective demos or lectures with a venue masterfully-equipped with the best utensils, machinery and technology to give participants an optimal culinary experience. ABA offers people of all skill levels a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge through a wide range of different workshops each with a capacity for 40 guests. The aim is to offer something unique in an outstanding location, while ensuring the best service and support for a holistic experience. The program will be overseen by renowned chef and the Academy’s Director, Emmanuel Hamon. He will be offering classes perfectly-adapted to the evolution of the sector, while spreading his passion and experience, as well as incorporating new trends and techniques in keeping with the times.