JURY PRESIDENT Norman Love
Love started his career pastry-making in France, going on to work for several luxury hotel chains including The Beverley Hills Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton where he oversaw global pastry and baking operations.
In 2001, stemming from his passion for all things chocolate, Love founded his own company creating premium chocolates. 11 years later he has opened a further two Chocolate Salons in the U.S receiving International recognision. Known for creating chocolate flavors recognizable with American consumers, Norman Love Confections is also recognized for its artistic and aesthetic presentation of the chocolates.
Entrepreneur of the Year, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2012
Florida Retailer of the Year for Leadership award, The Florida Retail Federation, 2011
Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon International “Cookbooks & Culinary Arts” Culinary Academy Award, 2011
Fine Chocolate Presentation Award, Fine Chocolate Industry Association, 2009
Small Business of the Year Award, The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, 2009
Industry Appreciation Award, Lee County Economic Development Office, 2006
* Plus extensive magazine awards