Charles Van Dender created the 'Van Dender' bakery and pastry shop in 1957, his son Herman took it over in 1988 and perfected his craftmanship via training and internships in Antwerp, France, Switzerland, and even Japan. Thanks to this coaching he gathered the necessary skills to find himself 5 times on the podium at the "World Pastry Cup" in Lyon (2 participations as candidate and 3 as team president). He was also twice a finalist for best pastry chef, ice cream maker and chocolate maker in the "Prosper Montagnée" competition. Since the marriage of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, he can proudly wear the title of Patented Supplier of the Court of Belgium.
The speciality of the house is chocolate, made from their cocoa beans in their workshop in Grand-Bigard. The pralines are sold in several cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka. The other specialities that come from the workshops in Schaerbeek are pastry, ice cream, macaroons and cakes. If you only want a small bite, try a "snowball" (like a Melo Cake, but then simply delicious). They also sell artisan bread, but it is not the speciality of the house. In a nutshell, everything here is homemade and delicious.