Christopher Norman Chocolates began inauspiciously in a small kitchen off the Bowery in New York City. A private enterprise to supply dinner guests with hand-made chocolates quickly grew into one of New York City’s finest artisanal chocolate companies. Master Chocolatier John Down put his considerable fine arts and design talent to work in the creation of a new genre of hand-made chocolates, attracting New York City’s exclusive retail markets.
Christopher Norman Chocolates became a signature product at Dean & DeLuca, Balducci’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel’s, Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, Neiman Marcus, Martha Stewart and Whole Foods. Japan came calling and before long Christopher Norman Chocolates were available at department stores in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
INNOVATIVE & EXCEPTIONAL CHOCOLATE
Christopher Norman Chocolates’ innovative approach captured the interest of international food writers. The successful new company’s media coverage included interviews and articles in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Oprah Magazine ‘Ten Best List’, Chicago Times, Food Illustrated and Food and Wine. Master Chocolatier, John Down, was interviewed both ‘on set’ and in his kitchen for The Food Network, Martha Stewart, Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’, Good Morning America and news and food programs on Japanese and Canadian networks.