Norman Love Confections:

These Chocolates Come with a Pedigree


Chocophiles find elite chocolates for gifts or guests at Fort Myers shop.


Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Norman Love Confections produces thousands of pieces of chocolate each week for hotels and resorts, restaurants, catering companies, and individual customers. Love also produces the G Collection for Godiva. 

Love has perfected a technique in which brightly colored designs for each piece are intricately hand-painted, or airbrushed into molds which are then filled with the finest ingredients imported from Belgium, France and Switzerland. 

Norman Love Confections was rated one of the top three chocolate companies in the country in the February 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Love made a recent appearance on NBC’s “Today Show”, and has been featured in numerous editorials. In February 2002, USA Today named Norman Love Confections one of the top 10 artisan chocolate companies in the country.  

Love honed his talents in a private pastry shop in southern France, followed by jobs as executive pastry chef for The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Naples, Florida, St. Louis, Missouri and the famed Beverly Hills Hotel in California. He soon became corporate executive pastry chef for The Ritz-Carlton Company, opening hotel pastry kitchens in such diverse locales as Boston, Dubai and Bali.

What followed were 13 years of international acclaim. Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazines named him one of the country's top 10 pastry chefs two years in a row. He led the U.S. team to a bronze medal in the Biennial Coup du Monde de la Patisserie (World Cup of Pastry) competition in Lyons, France, where he competed against top pastry chefs from 18 nations. Love is also co-founder of the National Pastry Team Championship. 

He was among 18 chefs chosen to make a birthday cake at the 150th Smithsonian Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C., and one of only 26 selected to appear on the 39-part series “Baking with Julia," which aired on public television. He's made numerous appearances on the Discovery Channel's "Great Chefs" series, and his desserts have graced the covers of Art Culinaire, Bakery magazine and other culinary publications.  

Love's fascination with food began during his childhood in Philadelphia, where he spent hours working in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother. "I always had a desire to create art and could always relate art and food," Love said. "And, of course, my favorite ingredient was chocolate."  

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Edited by Patricia D. Sherman


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