The Chocolate Adventure Contest

JOHN SCHARFFENBERGER

In 1996, John Scharffenberger founded Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker with friend and business partner Robert Steinberg. Already an accomplished winemaker, Scharffenberger's entrepreneurial spirit, astute palate and passion for artisanal foods translated perfectly into the production of the finest chocolate. Using the highest quality cacao beans from around the world, Scharffenberger helped to create the first new premium American dark chocolate in decades.

In 1996, John Scharffenberger founded Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker with friend and business partner Robert Steinberg. Already an accomplished winemaker, Scharffenberger's entrepreneurial spirit, astute palate and passion for artisanal foods translated perfectly into the production of the finest chocolate. Using the highest quality cacao beans from around the world, Scharffenberger helped to create the first new premium American dark chocolate in decades.

Today, John Scharffenberger is known globally as a chocolate expert, leading classes about the history of chocolate and the taste profiles of chocolate varietals, and writing about many aspects of chocolate.

ALICE MEDRICH

Author, chocolate chef, and teacher, Alice Medrich has won more James Beard and IACP cookbook-of-the-year and best-in-category awards than any other author. Her most recent books are Seriously Bittersweet (2013), Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts (2012) and Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your Mouth Cookies (2010). Her interactive video class, Decadent Chocolate Cakes, can be found on Crasftsy.com.

Author, chocolate chef, and teacher, Alice Medrich has won more James Beard and IACP cookbook-of-the-year and best-in-category awards than any other author. Her most recent books are Seriously Bittersweet (2013), Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts (2012) and Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your Mouth Cookies (2010). Her interactive video class, Decadent Chocolate Cakes, can be found on Crasftsy.com.

Alice is credited with popularizing chocolate truffles in the United States and introducing the "American Chocolate Truffle" at her influential dessert shop, Cocolat, in the l970s. Gourmet magazine said "Cocolat is to chocolate what Tiffany's is to diamonds."

Medrich sold Cocolat in l990, but continues to influence chefs, chocolate makers, and home cooks by teaching, writing, and consulting. She is currently working on a wheat-free baking book and publicizing the much anticipated Seriously Bittersweet. Alice lives in Berkeley, California.

MATT ARMENDARIZ

Food photographer, art director, designer, author and blogger Matt Armendariz is a man obsessed with food, drink, and everything in between. With a varied career in the world of food spanning over the past twenty years, Matt is driven by food and the shared experiences that bring people together.

His food blog, mattbites.com, is consistently recognized as one of the top food blogs for its photography and writing and has been featured in a variety of publications since its inception in 2005.

Food photographer, art director, designer, author and blogger Matt Armendariz is a man obsessed with food, drink, and everything in between. With a varied career in the world of food spanning over the past twenty years, Matt is driven by food and the shared experiences that bring people together.

His food blog, mattbites.com, is consistently recognized as one of the top food blogs for its photography and writing and has been featured in a variety of publications since its inception in 2005.

Known for bright, colorful and accessible imagery, his photography has been featured by Martha Stewart, Target, California Avocados, Scharffen Berger, and Chiquita Banana, and by various cookbooks publishers including Wiley, Hyperion, and Ten Speed Press.

His first cookbook dedicated to all things stick food is aptly titled On A Stick! and was released by Quirk in 2011. His second book, Food Photography For Bloggers, was released in September of 2012 by Focal Press and features helpful tips, tricks and examples for creating a perfect food photo with ease.

When he's not in his studio or at home cooking, you just might find him teaching food photography workshops all around the world with his partner Adam Pearson, a food stylist.

ANGIE DUDLEY

Angie Dudley is the creator of Bakerella.com, a blog that chronicles her adventures in baking. She focuses on fun and unique approaches to baking, exploring exciting desserts, recipes and decorating—and inspires others to do the same. While blogging about baking, Angie created cake and cupcake pops that took the internet by storm. The fascination with these tiny treats led to her New York Times bestselling book, Cake Pops, and her second book, Cake Pops Holidays.

Angie Dudley is the creator of Bakerella.com, a blog that chronicles her adventures in baking. She focuses on fun and unique approaches to baking, exploring exciting desserts, recipes and decorating—and inspires others to do the same. While blogging about baking, Angie created cake and cupcake pops that took the internet by storm. The fascination with these tiny treats led to her New York Times bestselling book, Cake Pops, and her second book, Cake Pops Holidays.

Angie has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and in publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens, Taste of Home, Betty Crocker and more. Angie is also a contributor to Woman's Day Magazine and Disney's Family.com.

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