A Chocolate Dream Realized
By Beth Tully, Master Chocolatier
Friends and family had suggested for years that I make a business out of my passion. I am formally trained as a speech therapist but had been working in sales for a Fortune 400 company for the previous 10 years. One thing I realized with all of my career choices was that while I felt competent to do the job, I never felt any passion or strong feelings about the work. Only my brief holiday stints with chocolate made me feel truly satisfied. It became a challenge to see if I could be brave enough to jump out of a secure position with an established company into the great unknown of entrepreneurship.
I investigated culinary training programs and found Ecole Chocolat’s Professional Chocolatier Program. I completed my Maitre Chocolatier (Master Chocolatier) certification in Vancouver under the tutelage of Maitre Chocolatier Joanne Mogridge, Cocoa West Chocolatier. My passion for chocolate flamed, and I left the corporate world forever.
My chocolate philosophy is to create the freshest, most flavorful chocolates. I aspire to wow people at first bite. Using traditional European techniques and equipment, I create chocolates with meticulous attention to ingredients, taste, texture and finish. I use Belgium chocolate, organic or locally grown fruits, and unique spices. All my chocolates are preservative free.
My favorite chocolate is Belgium bittersweet, but I love the choice that consumers now have. In many ways, chocolate has become the new wine for “foodies,” and the availability of fabulous chocolate from around the world is amazing.
I am asked whether I am getting tired of
chocolate. While sometimes I get a little tired of having chocolate
under my fingernails, most of the time I feel blessed to be doing
something I love. I have a
time thinking I’ll grow too tired of chocolate. Besides, it tastes
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates, in Wichita, KS, features a variety of bittersweet, milk and white chocolate truffles and bon bons. The shop also has a chocolate lounge, where customers can enjoy hot chocolates, Corsair Handcrafted Coffee or artisan teas.
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