March 11, 2010
My desire to experience Paris all started with a scene in one of Audrey Hepburn’s classic movies from the 1960’s. During filming of it Audrey was wearing a darling summer dress, a classic string of pearls, an oversized sun hat and Chanel sunglasses, while seated outside a quaint Paris café elegantly sipping champagne. I was mesmerized by the romantic beauty of Paris, so I made a promise to myself, that someday I would make my way there, to experience the magnificence of this city. After all! Some indulgence like Audrey, should be becoming of a Chocolate Princess, shouldn’t it?
It was during this spring, that I decided to live out my fantasy, and visit Paris. Not merely to bask in the opulent, intoxicating atmosphere of the Champs Elysees, but to embark on my journey to becoming a Chocolatier! – The ultimate elegant connoisseur of chocolates.
You might assume that since I own a chocolate company, I am already an accredited Chocolatier, which I am not; I have always enlisted Master Chocolatiers, craftsman of par excellence to create the delectable recipes for our chocolates. In truth, sales and marketing has always been my forte, and a tremendous resource in building my company to the level of success it has achieved.
In keeping with the old adage, “You are never too late to learn something new”. I decided to study with one of France’s top Chocolatiers, who by happenstance resides in the Rhone Valley, 40 minutes from Paris!!!! My upcoming experiences on my tortuous path to becoming an Apprentice Chocolatier in France, are what I hope to entertain you with in my next few journals. I can guarantee it will be a `sweet trip’, and I would be delighted if you joined me in my quest to unlock the mysteries of the world of chocolate, to vicariously enjoy the fun, and share in my adventures.
Wish me Bon Voyage,