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The fine chocolate industry is one of the fastest growing culinary categories in North America.
We honored ten outstanding chocolate artisans and Hall of Fame inductee Jacques Torres at our inaugural Top Ten Chocolatiers in North American event at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in NYC.
More than 300 industry and media guests indulged in a cornucopia of chocolate creations crafted by the evening's honorees.
The event was sponsored by Cacao Barry and Kerekes/BakeDeco.
James Beard Food & Wine Festival
Chef Joseph Burnett and the Osprey Tavern team welcome you to their Friends of James Beard Benefit.
In Baldwin Park as we celebrate the Orlando culinary scene. Beard in Baldwin will aim to highlight Florida's most talented chefs and restaurants in Baldwin Park. Pastry Chef Kristy Carlucci will be partnering with Hichem Lahreche of Criollo Chocolatier in Orlando to create a unique dessert experience. Chef Joseph Burnett and the Osprey Tavern team welcome you to their Friends of James Beard Benefit, where together, with your help, we hope to raise more than $10,000 to benefit The James Beard Foundation National Scholarship Program.
- Brad Kilgore, Alter
- Cesar Zapata, The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
- Ferrell Alvarez, Rooster and the Till
- Hichem Lahreche, Criollo Chocolatier
By Jillian Hillard
Where Does "Being the Best" Lead To? "While the traditional route for a pastry chef may have been limited to staying in a restaurant/hotel job forever, or opening one's own shop, I think there now exist many more models and platforms to pursue," says Chef Laiskonis.
Entrepreneurial endeavors such as Criollo Chocolatier, Chef Hichem Lahreche's chocolate décor business developed for pastry chefs is enjoying the variety and freedom of projects his company presents. Today, changing consumer habits and inspiring risk taking chefs are transforming our culture and showcasing that pastry and pastry chefs really belong woven into every facet of the food industry. It's about the creativity and the way they choose to impact the world and make it sweeter.
Did you know that the sensation of chocolate melting in your mouth can cause a more intense and longer-lasting pleasure than kissing?
Well sign us up!
We are drooling over these custom chocolates from our friends at Criollo Chocolatier LLC.