Pastry Chef Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres - Biography

Brooklyn, NY

July 2010

Jacques Torres is one of the most beloved and highly regarded pastry chefs and chocolatiers in the world. He is the Chocolate Executive Officer of Jacques Torres Chocolate, with two locations in Manhattan and one in DUMBO in Brooklyn, where he produces and sells his own line of hand-crafted chocolates and other high-end confectionary products. Before opening his chocolate outlets, Torres was the executive pastry chef at New York City’s famed Le Cirque for over a decade, where he served presidents, kings, and celebrities.

As one of the country’s best-known names in chocolate, Torres continues to judge worldwide competitions and participate in culinary events as well as opens his kitchen to aspiring students who share his passion for the art of chocolate. Torres donates his time to many national charity organizations, including the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Gods Love We Deliver, New York’s Hard of Hearing Association, Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center, and the Association to Benefit Children.

In 1998, Torres released a 52 episode public television series, “Dessert Circus with Jacques Torres,” along with two companion cookbooks, Dessert Circus: Extraordinary Desserts You Can Make At Home, which earned a 1999 James Beard Award nomination, and Dessert Circus At Home. Recent ventures include the cookbook A Year in Chocolate , released in 2008 to rave reviews, and the opening of The Jacques Torres Ice Cream Shop in 2009. Currently, Torres serves as the Dean of Pastry Arts at The French Culinary Institute.