Norman Love blends a master's appreciation of the sensuous with the art of the chef to create handcrafted chocolates...exquisite, silky, rich chocolates...reserved for those who expect nothing less than perfection.
Norman Love Confections has been satisfying connoisseurs of fine chocolates since 2001, when the chocolatier first introduced the masterpieces he produces at his facility in Fort Myers, FL.
Today, Norman enjoys international recognition for the incomparable, handcrafted natural sweets with tastes and textures that arouse the senses.
The universal love for chocolate first inspired Norman to become a chocolatier. After learning the craft of pastry-making in France, Norman served as executive pastry chef for many luxury resorts including The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton.
During his career with The Ritz-Carlton he was appointed to the position of corporate executive pastry chef where he oversaw global pastry and baking operations. In 13 years, he opened 30 hotel and resort pastry kitchens in international and domestic locales such as Boston, Dubai and Bali.
In 2001, the culinary virtuoso left the corporate world and entered into private enterprise, and founded Norman Love Confections. His adventurous flair, love of the avant-garde and penchant for perfection are basic ingredients in the ultra-premium chocolates that are revered as representatives of the industry's finest gourmet sweets.
A decade later, Norman opened a second Chocolate Salon in Naples, FL. and in 2012, Artisan Gelato by Norman Love opened next to the Fort Myers Chocolate Salon. Another Chocolate Salon opened in Estero in 2014.
In addition to annual new and limited edition holiday flavors, Norman launched Norman Love Confections BLACK, an ultra-premium line of intensely dark chocolates featuring rich single-origin chocolates from five of finest growing regions in the world. He also unveiled the first Norman Love Confections BLACK extension productNorman Love Confections BLACK Sipping Chocolateinspired by the European tradition.
International acclaim also followed Norman. Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazine named him one of the country's top 10 pastry chefs in 1996 and 1997. In 1999, he led the U.S. team to a bronze medal in the biennial Coup du Monde de la Patisserie (World Cup of Pastry) competition in Lyons, France, which featured the top pastry chefs from 18 nations.
He was among 18 chefs chosen to make a birthday cake at the 150th Smithsonian Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C., and one of only 26 selected to appear on the 39-part series "Baking with Julia," which aired on public television. Norman has made numerous appearances on the Discovery Channel's "Great Chefs" series, and his desserts have graced the covers of Art Culinaire, Pastry & Baking and other prominent culinary publications. He is also a contributing author to four books including "Baking with Julia."
In 2009, Norman received the honor of one of the "Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America" by Dessert Magazine. He is also co-founder of the National Pastry Team Championship and is a regular guest judge on the Food Network Challenge series.
In 2014, Norman partnered with Princess Cruises to launch
"Chocolate Journeys" a new, onboard chocolate experience. The sea-going chocolate creations debuted aboard the Regal Princess for her inaugural Caribbean season and continued onto the rest of the fleet.
Norman produced 15 chocolate dessert designs for Princess that were offered on a rotational basis in the ships' main dining rooms, specialty restaurants (Sabatini's and Crown Grill) and Chef's Table experience.
Recent accolades include Gulfshore Business' "one of 40 people of influence in Southwest Florida;" National Geographic The 10 Best of Everything's "one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the world;" Florida Retailer of the Year for Leadership from the Florida Retail Federation; and the Cordon d' Or gold ribbon International Cookbooks & Culinary Arts Culinary Academy "Great Tastes" Florida Product Award.
Since founding Norman Love Confections, Norman has received tremendous national and international recognition. A highly respected consumer rating publication recognized the company 12 times, including six times as the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Norman and his chocolates have been featured by USA Today, The Today Show, Robb Report, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Norman has instilled a corporate culture of relentless pursuit of innovation, excellence and quality. Known for creating chocolate flavors recognizable with American consumers, Norman Love Confections is also recognized for its artistic and aesthetic presentation of the chocolates.
He also ensures that Norman Love Confections shares its sweet success by giving back to the community. Annually, the company supports more than 250 charitable causes.
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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
I remember attending a book fair in second grade and buying the Betty Crocker’s Boys and Girls cookbook. My love for art and being able to express art through food!
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
My favorite memory of the SOBEWFF is having the opportunity to collaborate with other accomplished culinary professionals and showcasing my company's products.
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
My wish has come true, having the opportunity to cook with Julia Childs for two days in her home in Cambridge was certainly a highlight of my career.
I never leave home without my:
I never leave home without integrity, purpose, and of course my cell phone!