Sweet Success

Awards & Recognitions

Since its founding in 2001 Norman Love Confections has received tremendous regional and national recognition:

2017

February 2017

Norman Love appoints internationally renowned Chef Frederic Monti as Chief Operating Officer at Norman Love Confections.

February 2017

Pastry Chef and Chocolatier John Cook of Norman Love Confections named Pastry Chef of the Year by Paris Gourmet at the 28th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition.

2016

October 2016

Norman and Mary Love celebrate the 15th anniversary of Norman Love Confections.

October 2016

Norman Love Confections opens its fourth Chocolate Salon in the Terra Design Center along the popular McGregor Boulevard corridor in Fort Myers.

August 2016

Chef Molly Cook wins coveted title of Chocolatier of the Year as well as People’s Choice Award at the Pastry Live Competition.

March 2016

Chef chocolatier Justin Fry of Norman Love Confections wins the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition.

January 2016

Norman Love becomes first chef chocolatier to be inducted into Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame.

January 2016

Mary and Norman Love receive the Magic Wand Award for their continued support of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

2015

October 2015

Chef Chocolatier Dan Forgey represents USA in Paris at the World Chocolate Masters and earns a spot among the top 10 chocolatiers in the world.

October 2015

Norman Love Confections partnered with an elite team of Southwest Florida chefs to bring a meal of culinary excellence to the illustrious James Beard House in New York City.

October 2015

Norman Love participates in the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival to benefit No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.

September 2015

Gulfshore Business recognizes Norman Love Confections’ Corporate Sales Manager Susan Battaglia on its “40 Under 40” list.

August 2015

Chefs Brittany Mateika and Molly Rothermel of Norman Love Confections nationally recognized as first and second place winners of the Pastry Live’s 2015 Chocolatier of the Year competition.

August 2015

The Daily Telegraph (U.K.) listed Norman Love Confections as one of the 10 most amazing shops in the world for chocolate.

August 2015

Chef Norman Love featured on the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival’s website as a food personality.

July 2015

SWFL Children’s Charities honors Chef Ryan Love of Norman Love Confections with a commemorative “Plan of Appreciation” for his donation of time and talents during the 2015 Southwest Florida Food & Wine Fest’s chef-vintner dinners.

June 2015

Dessert Professional magazine named Chef Chocolatier Maura Metheny one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs for 2015 and the only chef from the Southeast U.S.

May 2015

Gulfshore Life magazine readers named Norman Love Confections the best chocolate shop in both Collier and Lee counties in the 2015 Best of the Gulfshore poll.

April 2015

Maura Metheny, Chef Chocolatier/Head of Design & Innovation, invited to return to her alma mater, Johnson & Wales University, as a Distinguished Visiting Chef.

March 2015

Pastry chef and chocolatier John Cook captures second place in the 26th annual U.S. Pastry Competition in New York City.

February 2015

Ronald McDonald House Charities honors Mary and Norman Love for their dedication and generosity to the children and families of Southwest Florida during the 21st Annual Storybook Ball.

February 2015

Norman Love invited to share chocolates and macaroons at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.

January-February 2015

Cooking with Paula Dean magazine names Norman Love Confections as one of 10 favorite chocolate shops in “Best Chocolates Across America”.

January 2015

Norman Love and his team invited to the seventh annual Cayman Cookout, a four-day gourmet culinary festival on Grand Cayman.

January 2015

Naples Illustrated Readers’ Choice Dining Awards honor NLC for “Best Gelato” and its gourmet chocolates as “Best Dessert”.

2014

December 2014

The News-Press names Norman Love one of three finalists for Business of the Year.

November 2014

Norman Love named one of 10 2014 USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year finalists.

November 2014

Forbes names the BLACK collection among “The Finest Chocolate Truffles for Chocolate Lovers”.

November 2014

USA Weekend names NLC’s white chocolate and coconut golf balls a Hot Gift.

October 2014

NLC named one of the world’s best destinations, including only six in the U.S., in The Huffington Post Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide.

September 2014

Dan Forgey, one of Norman Love Confections’ creative chocolatiers, chosen to represent the U.S. at the World Chocolate Masters competition in Paris in October 2015.

May 2014

Norman Love names one of 10 most influential pastry professionals to present at the inaugural World Pastry Stars, an international congress of pastry chefs in Milan, Italy.

May 2014

Selected by Gulfshore Life as Best Confectioner/Chocolatier; dessert; Ice Cream Parlor, Non-Chain Bakery and Best Novel Novelty (macaron ice cream sandwich).

April 2014

Norman Love is inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Lee County Business Hall of Fame.

February 2014

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a Best Buy for Special Treats for Valentine's Day.

2013

October 2013

Artisan Gelato named 31st annual Taste of the Town Best of Taste dessert winner by Junior League of Fort Myers.

October 2013

Norman Love named head jury member for 2013 World Chocolate Masters competition in Paris.

February 2013

O, The Oprah Magazine names NLC’s heart-shaped confections to The O List, “A few things we think are just great!”

February 2013

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a Best Buy for Special Treats for Valentine's Day.

2012

December 2012

National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything named NLC as one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the world.

November 2012

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s Best Products of the Year issue as a Best Buy $50 and under.

September 2012

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s Best Products of the Year issue as a Best Buy $50 and under.

May 2012

Received the Inaugural 2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.

February 2012

Selected by Gulfshore Business magazine as one of the 40 people of influence who have guided Southwest Florida during the past decade.

February 2012

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as the number one (and Best Buy) chocolate.

January 2012

Named Southwest Florida’s top entrepreneur of the past decade by The (Fort Myers) News-Press.

January 2012

Recognized by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s sister magazine as one of “Our favorite stuff of the year.”

2011

June 2011

Received 2011 Florida Retailer of the Year Award for Leadership from the Florida Retail Federation.

March 2011

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s sister magazine as the best chocolates.

February 2011

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as the #1 premium chocolate.

2010

April 2010

Honored with a Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon International 'Cookbooks & Culinary Arts' Culinary Academy Award receiving the “Great Tastes” Florida Product award.

February 2010

Appearance as a guest judge on The Food Network Challenge series, "Chocolate Wonders".

February 2010

Selected as a guest Chocolatier to feature his chocolate artistry at Fannie May.

2009

December 2009

Norman Love Confections Holiday Collection featured on The Rachael Ray Show as “Snack of the Day.”

October 2009

Appearance as a guest judge on The Food Network Challenge series.

October 2009

Honored as one of North America's "Top 10 Chocolatiers" by Dessert Professional Magazine.

August 2009

Norman Love served as an instructor at the French Pastry School.

June 2009

Appearance as a guest judge on The Food Network Challenge series.

February 2009

Recognized as Top Chocolate in the "Reader's Choice" edition of The Robb Report magazine.

February 2009

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a Top Chocolate to Sigh For and an Excellent Gift-Box Confection for Valentine's Day.

2008

October 2008

Norman Love Confections' chocolate artisans won awards at a statewide culinary competition in the Sculpted Centerpieces and Culinary Super Challenge Team categories.

October 2008

Norman Love Confections was honored with the 2008 "Small Business of the Year" Award from the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

September 2008

Norman Love honored as one of the Hot 100 by Gulfshore Life Magazine due to his contributions to the community.

April/May 2008

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a top chocolate for chocolate lovers who like to experiment.

February 2008

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as one of the choicest chocolates: for adventurous tastes.

2007

December 2007

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as one of the 201 Best Gifts (gift-boxed chocolates) and Tops for $200 or Less.

February 2007

Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as the Most Delectable Gift-Box Confection.

2006

December 2006

Selected by highly respected consumer rating publication as a Best Gift idea for the holidays.

March 2006

Selected as one of "10 star chocolate makers" by Saveur magazine.

February 2006

Selected as the No. 1 chocolates in the nation by a highly respected consumer rating publication.

2005

December 2005

Selected by Entrepreneur magazine's The Hot List as a best business idea.

May 2005

Selected as one of the top ten places to purchase chocolates by USA today.

February 2005

Selected as the No. 1 chocolates in the nation by a highly respected consumer rating publication.

2003

May 2003

Awarded a Degree of Doctor of Culinary Arts by Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, Florida.

2002

January 2002

Selected by USA Today as one of the top 10 artisan chocolate companies in the country.