* Date : 2014-02-11
Jung Young-taek, the first master chocolatier in Korea, competed at the 2007 World Chocolate Masters as a national representative and put on a chocolate crafting demonstration on the main stage of the Salon du Chocolate, a world-renowned chocolate tradeshow with a 20-year history.
While growing up in his aunt's care, he felt the need to become financially independent as soon as he possible. So, instead of going to a regular high school like other kids his age, he enrolled in a vocational school specializing in pastry. After graduation, he worked as a pâtissier at an upscale hotel, where he discovered the art of sugar and chocolate crafting from the pastry chefs from other parts of the world.
He honed his chocolate crafting skills on his own and won numerous accolades at international competitions. Last year, he had a chance to put on a chocolate crafting demonstration at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris and joined the ranks of the world's top chocolatiers.
Jung Young-taek, with the spirit of a pioneer, is dedicating his efforts to contribute to the development of the domestic chocolate industry by creating brilliant works of art with chocolate and training aspiring chocolatiers.
Join us on The INNERview to meet the chocolate master Jung Young-taek to hear his success story and learn how to make beautiful handmade chocolate for Valentine's Day!