Recently, I had the opportunity to meet award winning pastry chef and talented chocolatier Kriss Harvey in his chocolate kitchen in the Arts District in Los Angeles. Named as one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs, Chef Kriss was formerly the Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel.
Looking at his arms, I noticed his tattoos told a story about his culinary journey. He trained under some of Europe’s greatest chefs, including Oriol Balaguer and Emmanuel Ryon in France, and worked in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton and the Wynn Las Vegas. He has a La Maison du Chocolat logo inked on his arm as a treasured memory from when he met Robert Linxe, one of the top French artisan chocolatiers. The chemical formula for theobromine, an alkaloid found in chocolate, is tattooed on his right arm.
About three years ago, Chef Kriss met brothers Phil & Marc Covitz to discuss opening a high-end artisan chocolate store in Beverly Hills, CA. The Covitz brothers are second generation chocolatiers. Raised around fine European chocolates in their mom’s Teuscher Chocolates & Cafe store in Beverly Hills, Phil and Marc learned firsthand how to appreciate fine chocolate and how to nurture customers and the community.
When the team was finally ready to open their own shop in 2018, Chef Kriss and the Covitz brothers decided to take over the space where their mom’s original chocolate shop stood. Designed by celebrity Nate Berkus & Associates, the revamped retail store opened in the fall of 2018 and almost immediately the public began to embrace the beautiful chocolates, which offered a fusion of creative colors, shapes and elegant designs.
The unique boxes are designed by various contemporary artists, including LA based artists Sarah Cain and Emily Snyder. These reusable containers recently earned First Place by The Dieline, a creative platform aimed at supporting advancements in the package design industry.
Chef Kriss and his team carefully craft each piece of chocolate by hand, making quantities limited, and they source organic, all natural ingredients from specialty providers around the world and local farmer’s markets.
To learn more or visit go to andSons Chocolatiers, 9548 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.