2015 Chocolatier of the Year Competitors

Carefully selected for their expertise and abilities, each competitor produces two different chocolates sold in their shop. As both taste and appearance are key criteria to be evaluated, each chocolatier has to meticulously handcraft their creations in order to obtain the title of Chocolatier of the Year.
Read the 2014 Chocolatier of the Year Competiton rules.

Cesar BarachinaCesar Barachina
Turningstone Casino Resort
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Ashley BaughmanAshley Baughman
Indiana Memorial Union Restaurants and Catering by Sodexo
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William Dean BrownWilliam Dean Brown
William Dean Chocolates
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Benjamin KallenbachBenjamin Kallenbach
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
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Kevin LindeeKevin Lindee
Ganache: Desserts and Confections
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Brittany MateikaBrittany Mateika
Norman Love Confections
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Abderrahmane NeggazAbderrahmane Neggaz
Chocotenango
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Robert NietoRobert Nieto
Kendall-Jackson
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Osvaldo OrtegaOsvaldo Ortega
Tout Chocolat
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Nicholas PineNicholas Pine
Co Tout Chocolat Co. Sala
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Richie Budiharto PratadajaRichie Budiharto Pratadaja
FIKA NYC
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Molly RothermelMolly Rothermel
Norman Love Confections
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Annie RupaniAnnie Rupani
Cacao & Cardamom
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Natalya ShapiroNatalya Shapiro
Chef Brulee Chocolates and Gateaux
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Andrea SmithAndrea Smith
Chocolate F/X
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Kandice StoneKandice Stone
Omni Grove Park Inn
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Charity TeagueCharity Teague
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
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Darcy (Bishop) ThrasherDarcy (Bishop) Thrasher
Cero’s Candies
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Karl VivierKarl Vivier
A Cacao Affair
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Johnny WesleyJohnny Wesley
Holley’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
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What is the Chocolatier of the Year?

Designed with small chocolatier business owners in mind, this competition provides the opportunity for chocolate artisans to display their talent in a competitor friendly environment. While offering national recognition for their skills, the competition asks chocolatiers and chocolate shop owners to bring in two different types of chocolate sold in their shop. With both taste and appearance being judged, the title of Chocolatier of the Year will only go to the competitor with the highest-quality, handcrafted creations.

Read the 2014 rules


Check Out Past Competitions…

2014COTY 2014

2013COTY 2013

2012COTY 2012

2011COTY 2011