Pastry Chef Justin Fry a double winner at Pastry Live competition
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Chef Justin Fry, of Norman Love Confections, is the winner of the fourth annual Chocolatier of the Year competition at Pastry Live 2014 in Atlanta.
Sixteen international and national chocolate artisans competed for the honor by crafting a molded chocolate as well as a specialty enrobed chocolate. The chocolates were judged on taste, creativity and workmanship.
Fry’s chocolates earned him high marks for the creative flavors and high-quality craftsmanship. His Lemon Hazelnut chocolate, a balance of white chocolate, hazelnut pralines and lemon ganache mixed with candied hazelnuts, impressed the judges with its unique taste and elegant design. Also highly favored for its originality and superb flavors was Fry’s Litchi Raspberry chocolate, which featured layers of litchi ganache, raspberry pate de fruit and a coconut crunch, all enrobed in milk chocolate.
The competition’s Peoples’ Choice Award was also bestowed upon Fry for his Lemon Hazelnut bonbon. His chocolates were nearly unanimously chosen by the audience tasters as the favorite.
“I am very proud of Justin’s accomplishments,” said Norman Love. “I encourage the staff to become involved in culinary competitions as they help to contribute to the artistic creation, growth and new product development at Norman Love Confections.”
The Chocolatier of the Year competition is designed for chocolate artisans working in a smaller retail environment, offering national recognition for their skills and the opportunity to display their talents in a friendly, competitive environment.
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 September 2014.
For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.
Photo credit: Beatrice Schneider, Chicago Mold School