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Norman Love Confections appoints new pastry chef; Nathaniel Reid, Pastry Chef of the Year 2010

Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758239-275-5758,

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2010) – Norman Love has announced that Nathaniel Reid has joined Norman Love Confections as its pastry chef.

Nathaniel Reid

Nathaniel Reid

Reid, a graduate of the highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, with a Grand Diploma in Culinary and Pastry Arts, was also recently selected as U.S. Pastry Competition Pastry Chef of the Year 2010 in New York City. The U.S. Pastry Competition is America’s most prestigious pastry championship.

In 2009, Reid placed first with the Best Chocolate/Confection at the Golden Scoop Awards and third place at the International Pastry Grand Prix in Tokyo.

“Nathaniel is a rising star in the pastry world; we are fortunate to have him working with us,” said Love. “He will definitely take Norman Love Confections to a new level of excellence with his artistry, creativity and baking skills.”

In his new position, the award-winning chef will oversee NLC’s pastry and bakery shop, including the production of specialty cakes, desserts and bakery items.

“Nathaniel specializes in contemporary, modern bakery creations with a European flair,” added Love. “And of course, each work of art will be baked fresh daily with the freshest ingredients available, including seasonal flavors and fruits.”

Reid will also consult with Love on their new Naples location which is scheduled to open the end of the year.
Most recently, Reid was the executive pastry chef of St. Regis Hotel, a Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond resort in Dana Point, Calif. Previously, he held pastry positions with The Mansion Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas.

Reid is also a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant management and a minor in biological science.

Love’s ultimate collections of handmade chocolates are among the most coveted by devotees who expect nothing less than perfection. Each individual creation, an edible work of art, is made from the finest ingredients, no preservatives, using only the best quality of chocolates, butter, spices, nuts, purées and flavors.

His handmade chocolates have been lauded numerous times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, which repeatedly names them among the nation’s best. Most recently, Love was honored as a Top 10 Chocolatier in North America and was featured in the December 2009 issue of Dessert Professional Magazine.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes ultra-premium, handcrafted artisanal chocolates. Based in Fort Myers, the corporate headquarters encompasses both production and retail operations. The Chocolate Salon is a stylish retail shop with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

For more information or to place an order, call 239-561-7215239-561-7215, toll free 866-515-2121866-515-2121, or visit The Chocolate Salon is located at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, east of I-75, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, and is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.