LOVE CHEF IS TOP CHOCOLATIER

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Molly Cook of Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions has been named Chocolatier of the Year at the Pas­try Live com­pe­ti­tion in At­lanta. She also earned the Au­di­ence Choice Award. Judges at the Au­gust event in­cluded the pas­try chef for Dunkin Hines. Cook cre­ated a white choco­late molded piece― ba­nana pas­sion cheese­cake and a hand-dipped piece― al­mond rasp­berry made with 49 per­cent milk choco­late. Cook, along with Nor­man Love chef Chris Bot­ter­man, com­peted with the most ac­com­plished choco­late chefs in the coun­try to show­case their abil­i­ties and in­no­va­tions. Bot­ter­man’s molded en­try was co­conut, and his hand-dipped piece was Snick­ers-in­spired, with peanuts and caramel. Cook has been with Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions for five years, Bot­ter­man for seven.

The con­fec­tioner in Fort My­ers was founded by Nor­man and Mary Love in 2001. Nor­man Love is a for­mer Ritz-Carl­ton ex­ec­u­tive pas­try chef. Nor­man Love, fol­low­ing the awards, was “ex­tremely proud of the ded­i­ca­tion to ex­cel­lence that Molly and Chris demon­strated in this com­pe­ti­tion. They are both artis­tic and pas­sion­ate in their craft, and work tire­lessly to be the very best in our in­dus­try.”

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