2014 Chocolatier of the Year Competitors
Cesar Barachina, Turningstone Casino Resort
William Brown, William Dean Chocolates
Robyn Dochterman, St. Croix Chocolate Co.
Justin Fry, Norman Love Confections
Brandon Lee, Modern Chocolatier
Kevin Lindee, Ganache: Truffles For Every Occasion
Abderrahmane Neggaz, Chocotenango
Karen Neugebauer, Forte Chocolates
Robert Nieto, Jackson Family Wines
Deden Putra, The Peninsula New York
Rodrigo Romo, Tout Chocolat
Annie Rupani, Cacao & Cardamom
Andrea Smith, Chocolate F/X
Jordan Snider, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Charity Teague, Charity Teague
Tamarra Thomas, Mama Cocoa’s Delights
Darcy (Bishop) Thrasher, Cero’s Candies
Laurent Vals, Laurent Vals Handcarfted Chocolates
John Walsh, Tampa Bay Times
Ayaka Yamamoto, The Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande
2013 Chocolatier of the Year Results
1st: Melissa Coppel, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates, Las Vegas, NV
2nd: Maura Metheny, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers, FL
3rd: Jose Luis Castellanos, Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy Center, Chicago, IL
People’s Choice: Melissa Coppel, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates, Las Vegas, NV
Photos from the competition!
Carefully selected for their expertise and abilities, each competitor produced two different chocolates sold in their shop. As both taste and appearance are key criteria to be evaluated, each chocolatier had to meticulously handcraft their creations in order to obtain the title of Chocolatier of the Year.
This year’s finalists:
St. Croix Chocolate Company
Stars Rooftop and Grill Room
CocoFlow Chocolate Café
Norman Love Confections
Luis Robledo Richards
Inn at Little Washington
Amy E. Stankus
Co Co. Sala
Emma Kate Veader
The Hess Collection Winery
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.