Swiss pastry chef Stephan Itek explains his love & adoration for chocolate, a love & adoration I shareÂ myself.Â Â
â€œChocolate is not just chocolate. There are a few tricks to eating the chocolate, a right way to eat the chocolate,â€ said Itek, who compared tasting chocolate to sipping fine wine.
â€œYou donâ€™t just drink wine like a soda,â€ he said. â€œSome people prefer lighter, some earthier and stronger.Â Itâ€™s the same way with chocolate.â€
â€œEach (chocolate) has a different taste profile,â€ Itek said. â€œLet the chocolate roll over your tongue to get the taste.â€
â€œItâ€™s all about preference,â€ Itek said when comparing chocolates around the world. â€œThere are many good chocolates in the United States.â€
â€œOne of the big trends is to incorporate different spices and herbs into the chocolate,â€ Itek said. â€œTo find out the right herbs and spices that go with the chocolate you need to know the flavor of your chocolate.â€
â€œI love what I am doing,â€ he said. â€œI love chocolate.â€