About Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie
More than 10 years ago, my wife Lisa and I began the journey to realize our life long dream. To be independent, have fun, make people laugh and of course prepare the most delectable handcrafted chocolates and pastries imaginable. Step by step we continue to strive for perfection driven by our love and passion for food and people.
Our company has expanded into a dynamic and stylish facility, a cappuccino bar and Patisserie (as well as our new Kitsilano location) with a staff of 38 which we value as the heart and soul of our business.
Our traditional recipes remain the same while new ones are created every week. In our kitchen you won't find assembly lines or mass production, only the skilled hands of pastry chefs and chocolatiers whose finesse and sensitivity is expressed in every handmade confection.
At Thomas Haas Chocolates, we carefully choose our raw ingredients and select only the best. Our chocolates are perfumed with fine BC wine, oak barrel aged maple syrup from Quebec, vanilla beans from Tahiti, fresh citrus zest, loose leaf teas and organic herbs and spices. Our cakes and pastries are adorned with Fraser Valley hazelnuts and berries, Okanagan fruits and infused with fresh roasted coffee and liqueurs from Alsace and the Black Forest. Whenever possible we source our products directly from the farmer. There are no preservatives or artificial flavours in our kitchens!
Thomas is a fourth generation pastry chef who grew up in his family's pastry shop in the Black Forest village of Aichhalden, Germany. His great-grandfather opened the Café Conditorei Haas in 1918 and since then, successive generations have lovingly prepared the family's legendary Black Forest cakes and other local delicacies. Following in their footsteps, Thomas began the intensive training for Konditormeister, or Master Pastry Chef. After graduation he went on to apprentice and subsequently work with top chefs in Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and exemplary restaurants in North America.
In 1995 Thomas came to Canada as the Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. He participated in the annual North American Pastry Chef of the Year competition in New York City finishing in the top three finalists in 1997 and 1998. It was his fabulous desserts and exuberance that drew the famous restaurateur Daniel Boulud to Thomas. In 1998 Thomas moved to New York City as Executive Pastry Chef at Boulud's new restaurant Daniel. While living in New York, Thomas was named one of the TOP TEN Pastry Chefs in America by Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazines and appeared on Martha Stewart Living several times as well as many other international television shows.
The accolades continue. In 2001, at the Valrhona National (North America) Pastry Team Championships in Los Angeles, Thomas won FIRST Prize in all categories (Best in Chocolate, Best in Sugar, Best in Table Design and Best Overall). In 2002, The Vancouver Sun Restaurant Awards awarded Thomas/Senses with BEST Chocolates, BEST Desserts, BEST Croissant and BEST French Pastries. The Vancouver Magazine awarded Thomas/Diva at the Met with BEST LAST COURSE for the years 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, and 06. The Vancouver Magazine has awarded Thomas Haas Patisserie with BEST LAST COURSE for the year 2007 and 2009. Vancouver Magazine awarded Thomas as the PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR for the year 2011 and 2013.
Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates was named one of the TOP 20 Artisan Chocolatiers in Chocolatier Magazine's 20th anniversary issue (Feb/March 2004). The Chamber of Commerce awarded Thomas Haas Patisserie "Business Person of the Year" in 2006 and the "Service Excellence Award" in 2008. In 2010, Thomas Haas Chocolates received the TOP 10 CHOCOLATIER IN NORTH AMERICA by Pastry Arts and Design publication. Check out the Kudos for more of Thomas' achievements.
The beautiful scenery and nature of Vancouver drew Thomas and Lisa back to the Canadian west coast. In the fall of 2000, they started their own business Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie where they continue to make outstanding handmade chocolates and pastries.
Charitable Donation Policy
As a small family-run business, we at
BC Cancer Agency
BC Children’s Hospital
BC Lung Association
Canadian MPS Society
Family Services of the
Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC &
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
North Shore Women’s Centre
And numerous others not mentioned.