LOVE CHEF IS TOP CHOCOLATIER
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.”