Meet Jacques Torres

By: Kendrick Williams

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Jacques Torres is a famous pastry chef and specializes in chocolate, whose cooking style is classical French. He is commonly referred to as Mr. Chocolate. He was born on June 14, 1959 in Algiers, Algeria but soon moved to and grew up in Bandol, France. As a young man he was an apprentice in a small pastry chef in his hometown. After only three years of apprenticeship, he got a job with famous Michelin two-star chef Jacques Maximin at the Hotel Negresco that lasted eight years and took him all over the world. In 1986, he was awarded with the prestigious M.O.F. medal. Jacques was the youngest chef to ever receive this medal. He currently resides in New York City and owns many of his own dessert/chocolate factories and serves as Dean of Pastry Arts at the International Culinary Center. One of his famous dishes is the Chocolate Clown. It is a chocolate clown with hair made from spun sugar and he would make it into different hairstyles. He served a lot of famous celebrities that dessert and even the Pope.

Jacques Torres- Vanilla Sugar and Chocolate Bonbon with Raspberry Ganache

Vanilla Sugar and Chocolate Bonbon with Raspberry Ganache


"Jacques Torres." Almanac of Famous People. Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.