The Master of Chocolate and Pastry
If an exquisite pastry is like fine art, Chef Jacques is Michelangelo and Rembrandt rolled into one. The youngest Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Pastry Chef of France) in history, he spent 11 inspired years as executive pastry chef at Le Cirque before leaving to open his renowned wholesale, retail, and e-commerce chocolate company, Jacques Torres Chocolate, in New York City. As dean of Pastry Arts, he regularly presents demonstrations to students in New York. Chef Torres has won numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation Pastry Chef of the Year, Chefs of America Pastry Chef of the Year, and Chartreuse Pastry Chef of the Year. He is a member of the Académie Culinaire de France, and in 2003 he was inducted by the James Beard Foundation into Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. Chef Torres is the author of two Dessert Circus books, and many will remember him as host of the Food Network TV show, “Chocolate with Jacques Torres.” Currently there are seven Jacques Torres shops, including Chocolate Haven, his Manhattan chocolate factory, and Jacques Torres Ice Cream Shop, located right next door to the original chocolate shop in Brooklyn.
Accolades and Achievements
- Youngest individual to have won the French title Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF)
- James Beard Foundation, Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America
- Pastry Chef of the Year, James Beard Foundation
- Pastry Chef of the Year, Chefs of America
- Chartreuse Pastry Chef of the Year