Four Tri-State Artisans Honored As Top Ten Chocolatiers At ICE NYC Event


Dessert Professional Magazine, the nation’s leading food service publication for the chocolate, pastry, cake, artisan bread and frozen desserts industries, honored their 2015 Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America at a NYC event last month. The event was held at the spectacular new campus of ICE-The Institute of Culinary Education. The school’s new Brookfield Place home has become a centerpiece for the area’s chocolate info with its dedicated chocolate classroom suite. The event was presented by Kerekes and Cacao Barry.

Editors Tish Boyle and Matthew Stevens selected the honorees based on their talent, creativity, contributions to the industry, and dedication to creating high quality confections. “Chocolate is one of the world’s most popular ingredients,” explains Tish Boyle, “and we are proud to honor these ten exceptional chocolatiers who create amazing chocolates every day.”

Selected from across North America, this year’s Top Ten Chocolatiers are: Oliver Kita, Oliver Kita Chocolates, Rhinebeck, NY, Daniel Sklaar, Fine & Raw, Brooklyn, NY, Christophe Toury, Voila Chocolat, New York, NY, Susanna Yoon, Stick with Me, New York, NY.

In addition the national honorees were: Michael Antonorsi, Chuao Chocolatier, San Diego, CA, Anette Righi DeFendi, Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates, Kohler, WI,Elaine Hsieh and Catherine Sweeney, EHChocolatier, Boston, MA, Slawomir Korczak, Polska European Bakery and Chocolat, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Santosh Tiptur, Co Co Sala, Washington, D.C. and Adam Turoni, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Savannah, GA.

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This year’s Hall of Fame Honoree is Norman Love, Founder of Norman Love Confections in Ft. Myers, FL. “Norman has been tremendously influential in the establishment and development of the fine confection industry in North America,” noted Dessert Professional Magazine publisher Jeffrey Dryfoos. He is an innovator, a leader, and a mentor. We are thrilled to honor him as the inaugural inductee into our Chocolatier Hall of Fame.”

“In the last two decades the epicenter of the chocolate world has shifted from Europe toward North America,” notes Matthew Stevens. “We are excited to launch our Top Ten Chocolatiers event as an annual celebration of this vibrant and growing segment in our dessert world.”