Award-winning chocolatier, cookbook author, and owner of Valerie Confections
Valerie Gordon is a celebrated chocolatier who has been recognized in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, and Saveur; served as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts and FYI’s Man vs. Child; and appeared numerous times on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel. She co-founded Valerie Confections in 2004 with her life and business partner Stan Weightman Jr. as a tiny, family-run business with just six flavors of chocolate-dipped toffee. Now a top chocolatier in the country, Gordon has grown her business exponentially with a full line of chocolates, petits fours, handmade preserves, cakes, pies, and pastries — all incorporating the very best ingredients and offering a delicious spin on the unexpected. In addition to her flagship shop in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, she also celebrates her savory side with contemporary Californian, French-inspired breakfast and lunch fare at her two cafés and bakeries in Echo Park and downtown’s Grand Central Market. She wrote and styled her first cookbook, Sweet (Artisan Publishing, 2013), which was a James Beard finalist.