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Meet the Experts: Hasty Torres


Hasty Torres

Founder & Owner,
Madame Chocolat


Hasty loves chocolate.  Everything she does, sees, smells and tastes leads her to chocolate.  After working in the financial industry for six years, she followed her heart to pursue her passion for chocolate.  Upon graduation from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Pasadena, she had the great fortune to work for legendary world class Master Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Jacques Torres in New York.  She jumped at the chance to learn from the Pastry Icon himself, planning all along for her return home to open Madame Chocolat in Los Angeles . After her intense educational experience and formal training under Chef Torres in his chocolate factories, she gained the confidence to move back to Los Angeles and opened Madame Chocolat.  From the moment she dreamed about opening her own chocolate factory and boutique until she made it a reality by opening the doors to the public, it took a total of almost five diligent years to accomplish.  Hasty is very proud to say that she is certain this is her true calling in her professional life... "to be Madame Chocolat, your personal Chocolatier".