Swiss bliss

Swiss bliss

Nadia Durig, Whistler, 2010
Kelowna's Nadia Durig prepared a tasty Swiss treat, called "Swiss Bliss", at Swiss House.
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- Feb. 15/10

Nadia Durig, from Kelowna, British Columbia, jumped at the chance to represent her family’s heritage by getting in on the action happening around the games. And she did it the best way she knew how, by producing a tasty treat to show off to the world. 

“With my Swiss roots I have chocolate running through my veins,” said this Red Seal chef whose uncle calls Switzerland home.

 The village here in Whistler is packed full of nations who are showing off their culture via houses. The House of Switzerland is everything from the land of the Alps; it's a house that showcases the best of the country – which last night, included this competition that was caked in chocolate.

“Our history is in chocolate, we are very famous for this,” said the director of the Swiss House, David Grolimund. “For us it’s about quality, creativity and utilizing some of the country’s finest ingredients.”

The Swiss take one of their biggest exports seriously but certainly leave some for themselves.

The 7.7 million Swiss consume over 11.6kgs of chocolate per year – each. And in the spirit of that consumption, the Swiss government called on three chefs to come up with their best chocolate dessert and in honour of Valentine’s Day. Olympic visitors got to vote on their favorite.

Durig heard the call months ago by the Swiss Government to be a part of history and bring her passion to the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb. And it proved to be the right decision.

Her Swiss Bliss, a layered mousse of three types of chocolate took gold last night (Feb. 14) which, for all of us in the audience, was just the ticket to a sweet success.

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