Bui Durassamy left Vietnam in 1976 for Canada, where he worked as a janitor, dish washer, pizza delivery guy and eventually saved enough to open his own metal work business in Vancouver. Forty-something years later, when he retired to his homeland of Vietnam, he found he couldn’t ignore the difficulties faced by the local farmers, and wanted to use his business skills to help.
He started Kimmy’s Chocolates as a way to provide farmers with a steady demand for their crops. Although they are committed to using local people and products, they are also proud to make chocolate in the European style.www.kimmychocolatier.com
In Vietnam, Bui is known as ‘Old Man Chocolate’ because of his passion for making natural, Vietnamese chocolate.