Jacques Torres

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Jacques Torres
Born (1959-06-14) June 14, 1959 (age 58)
Algiers, Algeria
Spouse(s) Hasty Khoei (m. 2007)
Culinary career

Jacques Torres (born June 14, 1959), known as "Mr. Chocolate", is a master pastry chef and chocolatier. Torres is a prominent member of the International Culinary Center community, as Dean of Pastry Arts as well as holding pastry demonstrations.[1]


Often referred to as "Mr. Chocolate," and "Willy Wonka" Jacques Torres is the authority on all things chocolate.[2] Torres was born in Algiers and grew up in Bandol, a fishing village in the South of France.[3][4] When Torres was 15 years old, he began an apprenticeship at a small pastry shop and completed his apprenticeship requirements in two years, graduating first in his class. In 1980, he began working with two-star Michelin chef Jacques Maximin at the Hotel Negresco. During that time, Torres also attended culinary school to earn a Master Pastry Chef degree. Next he taught pastry courses at a culinary school in Cannes from 1983-1986.[5] In 1986, Torres was the youngest person to ever win the Meilleur Ouvrier Patissier de France competition.[6] Torres moved to the United States, and in 1988 he served as the Corporate Pastry Chef for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company before moving on to Le Cirque, where he worked for 11 years as Executive Pastry Chef.[5] Torres joined the faculty of the International Culinary Center in 1993, and after designing the Classic Pastry Arts Curriculum in 1996, he became the school's Dean of Pastry Arts.[7] In 2000, Torres left Le Cirque to open a chocolate factory and retail shop in Brooklyn, New York. Currently there are eight Jacques Torres shops, including one chocolate factory in the Brooklyn Army Terminal and an ice cream shop in Grand Central Terminal.[5][8] In March 2017, Jacques opened New York City's first chocolate museum, named Choco-Story New York, the 5000sq. ft. museum opened at the site of his flagship store in Manhattan.

In 2007, Jacques Torres married chocolatier Hasty Khoei, who formerly worked under Torres in his chocolate factory. Mrs. Torres owned a chocolate shop, Madame Chocolat, in Beverly Hills, California.[9] They welcomed a son, Pierre, on August 19, 2016.[10] and currently reside in New York City.


  • Torres co-hosts "Nailed It" on Netflix.

Torres has won numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation Pastry Chef of the Year, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the Chefs of America Pastry Chef of the Year, and Chartreuse Pastry Chef of the Year.


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090615200332/http://www.frenchculinary.com/aboutus_faculty.htm
  2. ^ Fisher, Carly (5 January 2018). "He is a real life Willy Wonka". CNN. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Louie, Elaine (12 May 2002). "Possessed; A Confection for a Chocolatier: Two Wheels, East River Views". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Cazenueve, Brian (22 December 2004). "All Chocolate, No Oompa-Loompas". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jacques Torres". American Immigration Law Foundation. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Fabricant, Florence (5 July 1989). "One Chef's Successes". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chef Jacques Torres". Chef2Chef. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jacques Torres". The French Culinary Institute. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Dougherty, Margot. "Tout Sweet". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  10. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2016/09/30/jacques-torres-welcomes-son-pierre/
  11. ^ "Holiday shopping: Tips to find the best deals on Cyber Monday 2010". Daily News. New York. 

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