Valerie Gordon: Sweet Chef of Valerie Confections
From Childhood Sweets to Culinary Career
Valerie Gordon is a culinary tour de force. From a childhood love of decadent sweets, Valerie developed a lifelong passion for discovering and creating delicious moments with food. She has forged a unique and varied career, and is equally adept at running fine restaurants as she is working in a busy kitchen. After spending her formative culinary years in San Francisco, amidst the early days of the farm-to-table movement, she relocated to Los Angeles to run the fabled Les Deux Cafés, one of the most celebrated (and missed) restaurants in recent Hollywood history.
Valerie Confections Is Born
Entirely self-trained as a chef, she left Les Deux and founded her namesake confectionery in 2004 with her partner Stan Weightman Jr. Since that time, Valerie Confections has become recognized as one of the top artisanal chocolate brands in the country, known for modern interpretations of classic chocolates and confections, all elegantly packaged for gifting.
New at Valerie Confections: Preserves Set for Williams-Sonoma Stardom & More
Never content to rest on her laurels and always interested in absorbing and exploring the world around her through food, Valerie continually expands her company. In 2009, Valerie introduced her line of Classic California Cakes, paying homage to bygone bakeries (including the beloved Blum’s bakery of Valerie’s childhood). She recently developed a line of preserves, which were subsequently named “Best in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Magazine. In addition to local farmers markets, they will soon be available in select Williams-Sonoma locations nationwide. Most recently, Valerie collaborated with renowned Los Angeles design firm, Commune Design, on a chocolate collection inspired by Byzantine tiles.
Valerie Gordon Builds Her Chocolate Brand
Valerie Confections has been recognized in many national media outlets, including Vogue, House & Garden, Newsweek, In Style, USA Today, Chocolatier, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and the nationally syndicated radio programs The Splendid Table and Good Food. Valerie Confections will also be featured in an upcoming episode of Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel.
The First Cookbook for Valerie Confections’ Recipes
Valerie’s recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, notably the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Daily Candy. Her first cookbook is scheduled to be released by Artisan Publishing in 2013. Valerie and Stan live in Los Angeles with their young son August.
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