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Katrina's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Atlanta Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

KATRINA MARKOFF

Chocolatier
Vosges Haut-Chocolat

“It takes time to come around to the thing that makes sense to you.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Inspiration Passion

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

chemistry, chocolate, cooking, India, Nagaland tribe, psychology, spices, time, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was a chemistry and psychology major, but got to her senior year and had no idea what to do with those degrees.
  • Didn't want to be a doctor, didn't want to do research-realized that she only really loved cooking and horses.
  • Moved to Paris three days after she graduated from college.
  • She was accepted to Paris' Le Cordon Bleu, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the world.
  • Felt like she hit a wall at Le Cordon Bleu-their traditional French style left little room for her to be creative.
  • One night, she was experimenting with chocolate and became inspired by an Indian necklace she was wearing.
  • She came up with 22 recipes, each inspired by a different place, highlighting the cultural aspect of food.
  • Out of those original recipes, the idea for her chocolate business was born; says Vosges is really the culmination of all her experiences.

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