Award-winning chef and young female entrepreneur, Chef Sandra is the Owner and Lead Chocolatier of Succulent Chocolates and Sweets. Learn more about Chef Sandra’s journey here.
Winner of Canada's Best Bonbon at The World Chocolate Masters Canada 2013
Top 30 Under 30 2014
Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award Winner 2014
Since a young age Sandra knew her hands were meant to be in chocolate. Growing up in an Italian home, food was always the centerpiece. After completing her Bachelor’s of Technology in Graphic Communications Management from Ryerson University, Sandra decided to change into the profession she’s always dreamed of, becoming a master chocolatier. She volunteered at a local bakery for a year. From there, she moved to Chicago to attend the acclaimed French Pastry School, where she studied under Master Pastry Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer, Joshua Jackson and Della Gossett.
Upon returning to Toronto, Sandra continued to work as an Assistant Pastry Chef. In April of 2012 she created Succulent Chocolates and Sweets Inc. In Vaughan. Soon after, she was selected as one of seven participants across Canada to compete at the prestigious World Chocolate Masters Canada; an international competition that brings together the leaders of the chocolate industry throughout twenty countries. Sandra trained for months to prepare for this intense nine-hour competition. Her hard work paid off as she was awarded first place in the category of “Canada’s Best Molded Bonbon”, for her hand crafted creation, titled “The Crunchy Apple”.
After competition, with her first national award in hand, Sandra was able to focus her attention back to growing her business. She re-launched her business specializing in creating chocolate experiences with the opening of the 800 sq.ft state of the art chocolate lab in Vaughan. Her goal is to have people understand, see, taste and appreciate chocolate in a new way. Her ambition pushed her to new heights with interviews with local radio stations, articles in newspapers and multiple TV appearances on Rogers, Breakfast TV and The Morning Show, Global TV. She shared in passion for chocolate with high profile corporations such as TD Bank, Philips, TELUS and GE Healthcare. In 2013 Sandra awarded Top 30 under 30 from the Ontario Hostelry Institute. In November 2014, she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network. Earlier last year Sandra was honoured as Vaughan's Young Entrepreneur of 2015 by The City of Vaughan's Business Enterprise Centre. In late 2015, she received the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal from the International Chocolate Awards, Canadian Division for her hand painted bonbons.
In September 2015, Sandra took her passion for chocolate and pastry and decided to pass it on to the students at Humber College. Sandra is now a part-time instructor in the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Humber.
CHEF SANDRA ABBALLE NAMED ONE OF CANADA'S
MOST POWERFUL WOMEN: TOP 100 AWARD WINNER
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets Inc. is pleased to announce that today Sandra Abballe, Owner and Lead Chocolatier has been named a Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2014 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.
The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.
Sandra joins an elite group of Top 100 Award Winners that includes some of Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers, such as Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut, Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications, Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada and Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada.
“I have been blessed to have the opportunity to turn my passion into a profession.” - Sandra Abballe
Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards celebrate and highlight professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is undergoing pressure to promote more female leaders into board and executive office positions.
“Despite ever-changing styles and tastes, great leadership is timeless,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “Top 100 Award Winners are a testament to the incredible range of female talent and leadership in Canada and proof that change is happening, with more women earning a place at the highest levels of Canadian organizations."