We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabel Garcia Nevett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabel, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Venezuela and this has definitely impacted my business. Chocolate and cacao are both a big part of our national culture and it was very present during my childhood. Venezuelan cacao is famous for its delicate flavors and the chocolate made with it is prized all over the world. We grew up eating it on a daily basis. And it was this love of chocolate that propelled my sister and I to start a business making bonbons and confections using Venezuelan chocolate. Today, Venezuelan cacao and chocolate is still considered some of the very best worldwide. At our chocolate shop, we mostly still use Venezuelan chocolate and have won any national and international awards for our original chocolate creations. My sister and I have tried chocolate from all over the world, from Peru and Ecuador to Taiwan and Madagascar, but we always come back to the nutty, caramel, delicious flavor notes of Venezuelan chocolate.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I never thought I would end up as a small business owner and master chocolatier. In fact, I studied International Relation and Politics in the UK for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In Venezuela, I worked as a journalist at a national newspaper. Due to the political situation, I started to move away from the tense environment of journalism and politics. ,My sister suggested I join her in a chocolate venture and there was no going back. I love working with chocolate and have been developing my skills as chocolatiers through practice and studies in the Academy of Chocolate and Ecole Chocolat. I am very fortunate to have started this business with my sister Susana, who has a great palate for chocolate and a lot of ideas for our business. I think we make a solid team and that is why we have achieved as much as we have already.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them for breakfast at Madruga Bakery in Coral Gables. They have the best croissants in town and a great oatmeal. Then, if the weather allows, we would take them on a boat (these can be rented for the day) and cruise to the shallows around Elliot Key. We would bring lots of snacks, like fresh fruit, chips and cookies for the ride. Back on land, we would take them for traditional Venezuelan arepas for dinner at Doggis on Coral Way. The next day we might check out what’s new at PAMM, have a bite to eat a Verde and then hang out by the pool. In the evening, we would probably venture out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Ghee in Dadeland or Niu Kitchen in Downtown.
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