Barry Callebaut opens CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ Center in New York City

Press Release

Barry Callebaut opens CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ Center in New York City

Press Release
Bringing chocolate inspiration to the heart of NYC
  • Official inauguration of the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center New York, the best platform for chefs and artisans to develop and showcase their talent and skills
  • The CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center NYC is located in the heart of New York City, one of the world’s most influential cultural centers and a destination for elevated confection training

The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, is proud to launch its second CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in the United States, located in the heart of New York City. This new facility serves as a creative space where chefs and artisans can develop their talent and skills. The CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center NYC is part of the wider CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center network which now has 27 academies across the globe.

The new CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center will be located in the Meatpacking district, a neighborhood like no other: a fusion of grit and glam, where old New York meets the frenetic 21st Century. The city is known for attracting top talent from around the world in various industries including confectionery, pastry, and chocolate, making it the ideal spot for a new location.

In October 2022, the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center announced the appointment of Nicoll Notter as Head Chef. Chef Notter is the son of two pastry chefs. At age 21, Nicoll won Pastry Chef of the Year for the United States, being the youngest person to win the competition. In 2020 as captain of the Swiss National Team, Nicoll and the team won 1st place in the Coupe d’Europe held in Paris. With Nicoll’s current role as Head Chef, he is excited to help other professionals grow and wants to see the pastry scene continue to revolutionize.

New York City has a long history with the chocolate industry, dating back to the early 1900s. We are seeing a resurgence of chocolate culture in New York with the craft-chocolate movement and small bean-to-bar factories. We are proud to share chocolate culture and empower chefs to craft at their best; we partner with our customers to create the chocolate treats of tomorrow.
Amy Heitkamp, VP & GM Gourmet Americas at Barry Callebaut

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New York City continues to be a core place of growth and culture for the Americas. We look forward to serving as the premier place of chocolate and cocoa innovation in a city with a long-standing food culture. In Region Americas, we currently have four CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers which hosted over 13,800 participants in 2022. We are thrilled to open our fifth location in a city with such deep ties to chocolate indulgence and cannot wait to get chocolate professionals in the door to learn from our best-in-class instructors and chefs.
Steve Woolley, President & CEO Americas at Barry Callebaut

Editor’s note: Click here to learn about upcoming classes at the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center NYC. Follow the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center NYC on Instagram and Facebook. Discover our brands: Cacao Barry, Callebaut, Van Leer, American Almond, and Mona Lisa.

Chocolate Academy NYC
400 W. 14th St. 5th Floor
New York, 10014
United States

About Barry Callebaut Group:

With annual sales of about CHF 8.1 billion (EUR 7.8 billion / USD 8.6 billion) in fiscal year 2021/22, the Zurich- based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs more than 65 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of more than 13,000 people.

The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®, Carma® and the decorations specialist Mona Lisa®.

The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.

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