Cacao Barry has appointed chefs Frédéric Loraschi and Frédéric Moreau as its newest brand ambassadors. In their new roles, Loraschi and Moreau will assist the brand in evaluating new products and developing new recipes and applications, as well as conducting pastry demonstrations and collaborating on special projects with the Cacao Barry team.
Loraschi and Moreau join the following existing U.S. ambassadors: Frédéric Monti from Pregel America in North Carolina; Rocco Lugrine, Instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia; chef Patrick Fahy from the Sofitel in Chicago; and Gabriele Riva, pastry consultant in New York.
“Cacao Barry has a rich gourmet history and I look forward to the rewarding process of sharing experiences with my fellow ambassadors, pastry chefs and chocolatiers,” said Loraschi in a press release. “It is truly a two way process: to be inspired and to inspire others.”
Moreau commented in the statement: “Cacao Barry is a long-respected brand in the pastry world, and it means a lot to me to be able to share my international Fine Dining and Hotel experience with other chefs.“
After learning his craft in France and working all over Europe, Loraschi worked for luxury U.S. hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, The Original Ritz-Carlton Boston, and The Hotel Hershey as executive pastry chef. In 2005, he created Chocolat Frédéric Loraschi, an online chocolate marketplace, using rare cocoa beans from Africa and South America, as well as other ingredients from unique locations around the world.
Moreau worked as pastry chef for the French Army in Africa in 1999 before he became a chocolatier in his native France and an ice cream maker in Brussels, Belgium. In 2002, Moreau moved to the U.S. and joined the pastry department at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla. He then went to Tokyo to work at pastry shop Occitanial before moving back to the U.S. to oversee the pastry kitchen at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Chicago. He currently is the executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif.