Kriss Harvey: Life of an Award-Winning Chocolatier

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Kriss Harvey

Named one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs in 2017, Chef Kriss Harvey has worked in the pastry departments of some of the country’s finest establishments, including The Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., NoMi in the Park Hyatt Chicago and at Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Before coming to andSons Chocolatiers, Kriss was the Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Kriss trained under some of the world’s most highly regarded chefs. He began his career in the U.S. at the famed Cacao Barry Chocolate Academy near Philadelphia, spending time under the tutelage of Master Chocolatier Pascal Janvier. With a desire to fine-tune his knowledge in French pastry, Kriss moved to Paris where he studied with legendary pastry chefs Christophe Felder at the Hôtel de Crillon and MOF Emmanuel Ryon of École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil. He staged under Spanish pastry chef Oriol Balaguer. He also studied with MOF chocolatier and candy maker Pierre Mirgalet. As a testament to his devotion to chocolate, Kriss has the chemical formula for theobromine tattooed on his right arm.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Kriss got hooked on pastry
  • His time in Europe, and what he learned from some pastry greats
  • Landing a job with Chef Jose Andres
  • Making the move to andSons Chocolatiers
  • Kriss’s best chocolate tip
  • His best piece of advice for aspiring pastry chefs
  • The story of his tattoos
  • And lots more!

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