Norman Love blends a master’s appreciation of the sensuous with the art of the chef to create handcrafted chocolates reserved for those who expect nothing less than perfection. Norman Love Confections has been satisfying connoisseurs of fine chocolates since 2001, when the chocolatier first introduced the masterpieces he produces at his facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Today, Norman enjoys international recognition for the incomparable, handcrafted natural sweets with tastes and textures that arouse the senses.
A universal love for chocolate first inspired Norman to become a chocolatier. After learning the craft of pastry-making in France, Norman served as executive pastry chefs for many luxury resorts including The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton.
He continued his career with The Ritz-Carlton when he was appointed to the position of corporate executive pastry chef where he oversaw global pastry and baking operations. During his 13 years in the position, he opened 30 hotel and resort pastry kitchens in international and domestic locales as Boston, Dubai and Bali.
International acclaim also followed Norman. Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazine named him one of the country’s top 10 pastry chefs in 1996 and 1997. In 1999, 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, which featured the top pastry chefs from 18 nations.
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. Norman has made numerous appearances on the Discovery Channel’s “Great Chefs” series and his desserts have graced the covers of Art Culinaire, Pastry & Baking and other prominent culinary publications. He is also a contributing author to four books including Baking with Julia.
In 2001, the culinary virtuoso left the corporate world and entered into private enterprise, and founded Norman Love Confections. His adventurous flair, love of the avant-garde and penchant for perfection are basic ingredients in the ultra-premium chocolates that are revered as representatives of the industry’s finest gourmet sweets. A decade later, he opened a second Chocolate Salon in Naples, Fla. And in 2012, Artisan Gelato by Norman Love opened next to the Chocolate Salon in Fort Myers.
In addition to annual new and limited edition holiday flavors, Norman launched Norman Love Confections BLACK™, an ultra-premium line of intensely dark chocolates featuring rich origin chocolates from five of finest growing regions in the world. He also unveiled the first Norman Love Confections BLACK™ extension product—Norman Love Confections BLACK™ Sipping Chocolate—inspired by the European tradition.
Since founding Norman Love Confections, Norman has received tremendous national and international recognition. A highly respected consumer rating publication has recognized the company 12 times since 2006 including six times as the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. In November 2012, this publication recognized NLC in its Best Products of the Year issue as a” Best Buy $50 and under.”
Norman and his chocolates have been featured by USA Today, the TODAY show, Robb Report, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living and O, the Oprah magazine. In 2009, Norman received the honor of one of the “Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America” by Dessert Magazine. He is also co-founder of the National Pastry Team Championship and is a regular guest judge on the Food Network Challenge series.
Recent accolades include Gulfshore Business’ “one of 40 people of influence in Southwest Florida; National Geographic The 10 Best of Everything’s “one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the world;” Florida Retailer of the Year for Leadership from the Florida Retail Federation; and the Cordon d’ Or gold ribbon International Cookbooks & Culinary Arts Culinary Academy “Great Tastes” Florida Product Award. In 2013, Love was the head jury member for World Chocolate Masters, the world’s premier culinary competition devoted solely to the art of chocolate.
Norman has instilled a corporate culture of relentless pursuit of innovation, excellence and quality. Known for creating chocolate flavors recognizable with American consumers, Norman Love Confections is also recognized for its artistic and aesthetic presentation of the chocolates.
He also ensures that Norman Love Confections shares its sweet success by giving back to the community. Annually, the company supports more than 250 charitable causes.
Norman lives in Fort Myers with his wife, Mary, and their two children.