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About Us

Our Story

The Co-lab emerged from a keen awareness within the Irish hospitality industry—a need for ongoing education and exploration of modern trends and techniques in the realms of patisserie, chocolate, and bakery. Our mission is clear: to inspire and empower both the current and upcoming generations of chocolatiers, pastry chefs, and bakers across Ireland.


Our vision extends beyond individual skill enhancement; we strive to elevate the collective standard of culinary excellence. Through fostering a culture of innovation and shared knowledge, we aim to shape a future where the artistry and quality of food reach new heights within the vibrant Irish culinary landscape.


Meet the Instructors

Erik Van der Veken

Erik Van der Veken, a Belgian pastry chef and chocolatier, embarked on his culinary journey at the age of 14 at the esteemed Patisserie School PIVA in Antwerp. His expertise spans across various roles, from crafting exquisite pastries in renowned Belgian patisseries to showcasing his mastery of chocolate at esteemed 5-star establishments such as the Hotel Café Royal in London.

Erik's career expanded beyond borders, leading him to develop innovative concepts in Saudi Arabia and consult for prestigious luxury brands across the UK and the Middle East. In 2015, he made Ireland his home base, where he discovered a profound passion for teaching and sharing his wealth of knowledge through hosting engaging Masterclasses.

Erik's journey is marked not only by his exceptional culinary talents but also by his dedication to imparting his expertise, inspiring budding chefs, and fostering a love for the art of pastry making and chocolate craftsmanship


Cyril Borie

Cyril's journey began in Bayonne, the revered chocolate capital of France, where he honed his craft and expertise. Venturing through various artisanal pâtisseries across France, he cultivated a wealth of experience before setting roots in Ireland to carve his own path in the industry.

For a decade, Cyril cultivated his business, infusing it with his unwavering dedication to taste, design, and uncompromising quality. Seeking a new horizon, he embraced a fresh challenge, bringing his wealth of knowledge and passion for chocolate and patisserie to Odaios Foods.

At Odaios, Cyril stands poised to support and empower businesses, sharing his wealth of expertise to elevate their culinary ventures. His unwavering commitment is to introduce a unique perspective to the world of chocolate and patisserie—an amalgamation of innovation and tradition.

With a vision that transcends the ordinary, Cyril invites you to embark on a journey of flavour exploration and design innovation. Let's embrace this challenge together and savour the pleasures of exceptional culinary experiences.

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