The above badge celebrates the high level of knowledge and skills I obtained while training as a chocolate maker. These became the foundation for a career in chocolate. My use of the badge certifies that:
I understand cacao cultivation and processing practices on a detailed level and how those factors impact the unique flavor of each chocolate I manufacture.
I appreciate the importance of cocoa bean sourcing, including understanding cocoa bean origin, sourcing consistent suppliers, understanding sustainability and organic and fair-trade issues in order to ensure quality and traceability.
I constantly develop my chocolate making skills and techniques in order to transform cocoa beans into a perfect chocolate from my own point of view. This includes training my palate in identifying cocoa bean flavor based on a formal and detailed tasting regimen.
I understand the chemistry of chocolate and how its chemical properties determine a chocolate's performance when used in different techniques. I am familiar with the cocoa manufacturing process and the equipment that supports it.
I have experience in professional chocolate making skills and
techniques including tempering and molding.
I am knowledgeable about the
equipment used to turn dried cocoa beans into flavorful, high-quality chocolate.
I respect my customers and their intelligence by being open about the ingredients and processing of my chocolate. I keep my product labels, promotional materials and marketing messages accurate and don't make claims that I cannot support.