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Brandon Olsen, Chocolatier, Co-Owner

For chef Brandon Olsen, chocolatiering began as a hobby, which turned into an obsession and ultimately, a full-time career. In December 2015, Brandon launched Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO), together with fiancé Sarah Keenlyside and in June 2016, opened a small storefront on Toronto's College St..

Formerly chef de cuisine at two of Toronto’s top restaurants – Bar Isabel and The Black Hoof – and trained under chef Thomas Keller at Napa Valley's The French Laundry and Ad Hoc restaurants, Brandon approaches making chocolates the way he cooks, mixing up unique flavor combinations and playful presentation with skillful technique.

 

Sarah Keenlyside, Co-Owner

Sarah Keenlyside is a filmmaker and artist, best known for her recreation of iconic movie character Ferris Bueller’s bedroom at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. Since debuting in Toronto in January 2016, the installation has been staged in both Chicago and Niagara Falls and has welcomed over 7000 visitors.

Sarah’s passion for art and aesthetics is infused into every designed element of the CXBO brand – she oversees the packaging, marketing and distribution of our chocolates, and collaborates with Brandon on themes, flavours and designs for our chocolate collections.

 

Selected Press

Wallpaper, July 2016:  
Toronto's new sweet spot: culinary connoisseur launches luxe choc shop

The Star, August 2016: 
Sourced: CXBO chocolates are (almost) too pretty to eat

Toronto Life, July 2016: 
What’s on the menu at Chocolates X Brandon Olsen, a colourful new sweet shop in Brockton Village

Foodism, June 2016:
Toronto's very own Willy Wonka-esque chocolatier Brandon Olsen

Azure February 2016:
5 Designer Chocolates for Valentine’s Day