Northbrook, IL — Renowned chocolatier, instructor and author Elaine González passed away at the age of 79 on July 25.
The 2006 Candy Hall of Fame inductee began working in the industry in 1972 as a supplier of custom chocolate novelties before founding Chocolate Artistry, a chocolate instructional service, in 1983. She also spent 20 years as a consultant to Peter’s Chocolate.
González was also an educator, earning teaching credits at several culinary institutes and confectionery schools around the country and had lectured at establishments including the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, she wrote two books on chocolate; Chocolate Artistry and The Art of Chocolate.
In 2002, she became the first woman to receive the Henry J. Bornhofft Memorial Award for her instructional contribution to the industry. González was also given the title of Master Chocolatier Emeritus from Retail Confectioners International.
She is survived by her son, Jay; two daughters, Carla Pister and Lisa Torre; and four grandchildren.