Since opening her shop last year, Kate Weiser has rapidly made a name for herself as one of the city's most creative chocolatiers. After cutting her teeth at Chocolate Secrets, Weiser opened her Trinity Groves shop before most of us have even paid off our student loans. Now, the rest of the country is starting to take notice of Weiser's delicious chocolates.
In a post on her Instagram feed, Weiser announced yesterday that she had been named to Dessert Professional Magazine's list of best chocolatiers in the entire continent. Each year, the trade publication seeks out the country's best purveyors of desserts of all kinds, including pastry chefs, cake bakers, and of course, chocolatiers.
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In the awards, Weiser was no doubt up against some stiff competition. 2013 winners included chocolatiers from New York's prestigious Chocolat Moderne and Quebec's Christophe Morel. The magazine has not yet published the 2014 list online, so it would seem that Weiser, as a winner, had access to an advance copy. There are clearly perks that come with being the best in the entire continent.
In a comment that accompanied the post on Weiser's Instagram, the up-and-coming chocolatier said that she was "blown away" by the award, and, of course, "#blessed." Just after the announcement, she posted a photo of a heart-shaped Valentine's Day bonbon made with bourbon ganache, pecan praline, and cornflake crunch, just in case you were wondering whether or not she is a bonafide badass when it comes to chocolate.
In terms of awards, Dallas' dessert scene is lagging far behind its dinner options. Chefs across the city have been showered in awards for the good work that they're doing on the savory side of the biz, and it's high time that sweets-makers get that same kind of recognition. Still, you might want to go ahead and get your Kate Weiser fix now, before the crowds that come with such a prestigious award mean that you actually have to wait for those chocolate lollipops and macaron ice cream sandwiches.