|Student: Kerstin Roos
Business: Kerstin's Chocolates
Kerstin's Chocolates was established in 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta. Its founder, Kerstin Roos moved with her family to Edmonton in 1977 from southern Germany. Growing up in Edmonton, Kerstin adapted to Canadian customs, but she often dreamt about the chocolate she used to eat back in her hometown. She had an idea of one day making European chocolates.
In 1995 Kerstin left Canada to work in Japan. She immediately fell in love with Japanese cuisine and its focus on purity and simplicity. Kerstin then moved to New York in 2001 and discovered its extensive food culture. She reconnected with her love of chocolates and began experimenting with new recipes. She took chocolate making classes, and learned everything she could about being a chocolatier. As her passion for chocolate grew, she realized that she wanted to spread the message of gourmet chocolate to others. When Kerstin moved back to Edmonton in 2003, she decided to start a chocolate business, she entered the Self-Employment program, and so Kerstin's Chocolates was born.
What does Kerstin's Chocolates do? They have developed a line of quality chocolates that are reminiscent of Kerstin's childhood favorites, updating them with fresh ideas. These gourmet chocolates, the ChocophiliaTM line, are all hand-made by Kerstin and her team in Edmonton. Kerstin also offers chocolate tastings for the general public and for private groups that help participants learn the art of appreciating gourmet chocolate. Finally, Kerstin's Chocolates imports fine chocolates from artisanal chocolatiers in Europe and North America. These products have not been available to chocolate lovers in Alberta until now. They are all available at 48 retail locations across Western Canada locations, or for purchase online or by phone/fax.
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