Karl Vivier

Karl Vivier

A Cacao Affair

After spending 25 years in the hospitality industry as a chef in various restaurants, hotels and business club, Karl Vivier decided to start a new venture in the chocolate industry as he, always, had a strong desire in making desserts, baking goods in the different establishments he worked for. But mostly, loved working with chocolate.

He graduated in France in the French culinary field by getting his CAP (Certificate of Professional Aptitude) and BEP (Professional School Diploma) and, right away, decided to travel and learn the many technics from different Chefs.

Karl Vivier is a self-taught “chocolatier” by learning from the best chocolatiers in the USA, books and personal mistakes. Balancing flavors between the World different cocoa beans and his personally made ganache is what he does best and are the perfect combinations.

A Cacao Affair is all about creating gourmet chocolates with unique flavors.

Osvaldo Ortega

Osvaldo Ortega

Tout Chocolat

Osvaldo was born and raised in Mexico City where he began studying Culinary Arts at Centro Culinario Ambrosia in 2006.

After graduating in the summer of 2008, he apprenticed at Paradis catering company in Madrid, Spain, where he learned bread and pastry in large scale production.

Using his experience abroad, Osvaldo returned to México and worked for catering company Ambrosia which included Centro Libanés and Banquetes Ambrosia doing mostly pastries for large functions.

In 2010 Osvaldo was hired as head baker for Dulce Patria restaurant in México City where he quickly learned the discipline and rigor of a fine dining establishment. During that period Osvaldo took professional pastry courses with top pastry chefs such as: Christophe Adam, Christophe Michalak, En-Ming Hsu and Christophe Rhedon (MOF)

In 2011 he joined Tout Chocolat as a chocolate assistant and quickly climbed to become head chocolatier in March 2015.

Brittany Mateika

Brittany Mateika

Norman Love Confections

Brittany Mateika’s creative training in the chocolate world began in Naples, Florida. She took an apprentice position under her father, former Chef Philip Fincher, where she learned the foundational principles, theory, and precision of producing artisan chocolate and confections. Having the opportunity to expand her knowledge through a concentrated class under renowned chocolate confectioner Jean- Pierre Wybauw, her zeal and intensity for chocolate innovation was heightened, and she earned her way to Production Supervisor in the Naples factory where she excelled in all areas of product development and manufacturing. Several years later, Brittany accepted an extraordinary offer to join world renowned Norman Love Confections®, headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida. It is here that Chef Love has further taught Brittany the mastery and beauty of unparalleled Artistry in Chocolate® through the execution of techniques and exquisite creations that has garnered national and international acclaim.

Molly Rothermel

Molly Rothermel

Norman Love Confections

Molly grew up in a small suburban town of Palmyra Pennsylvania, her love for the foodservice industry started to grow at a very young age!

Her grandfather owned Glaubers fine chocolates, a chocolate and candy business in the baltimore, lutherville areas in Maryland. It was a family run business since 1876. Unfortunately the business was sold in 2002 but still is running today! Molly grew up running around the small chocolate factory in the basement of her grandfathers house. Sneaking tastes of caramels running through the enrober, watching workers make turtles, bark and homemade fudge!

Once she made it to high school, she started working in restaurants from the ground up! Starting with bussing tables, washing dishes, to gradually learning how to man all of the stations in the kitchen. She worked in places like The Hotel hershey, the Hershey golf collection, Trattoria Fratellis of Lebanon PA and attending the Lebanon county technical center for culinary arts during her senior year of High school.

After high school she went on the continue her education at the Pennsylvania school for Culinary arts, located in Lancaster PA. Where she studied basking and pastry arts under current party arts director Susan Notter. Before completing the Pastry course, she had to go on an externship, where her love and interest for chocolate began to blossom. She found Norman Love confections in Fort Myers Florida, and applied. She got the job, and moved the 1,300 miles down there from Pennsylvania. It has been nearly 4 years now, and she has become one of the handful of chocolatiers that work in the factory, pumping out the millions upon millions of colorful chocolates that they produce each year! She has done nearly every position, working events, teaching classes, making all of the handmade chocolate decorations used for all of the pastries and helping to produce the large amount of chocolates and confections that the business demands.