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Pastry Chef Denise Elliott wins gold medal at culinary arts competition

Denise Elliott, Florida Pastry Challenge Culinary Arts Competition 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2014) – For the second year in a row, Pastry Chef Denise Elliott, with Norman Love Confections, has won the Florida Pastry Challenge gold medal at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show’s American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition in Orlando.

Elliott was honored with the prestigious award for her chocolate centerpiece based on this year’s theme, “Florida’s Farm to Table.”

“This was a great opportunity for Denise to showcase her talents to a statewide audience of culinarians,” said Norman Love. “Our pastry chefs are consummate professionals which is illustrated in competitions as well as every day at Norman Love Confections.”

Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. The Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded 13 times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates, and most recently as a Best Buy for Special Chocolates for Valentine’s Day 2014.

The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, which also serves artisan gelato, at 3747 Tamiami Trail North in Parkshore Centre, is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, east of I-75, is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Norman Love Confections Chocolate Salon at Miromar Outlets, in Estero, is scheduled to open in early October 2014.

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