Before being a chocolatière her great passion was desserts. The Colombian, Melissa Coppel, was trained by top professionals in France and Spain and inspired by pastry cooking in restaurants (Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago, and L’Atelier of Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas) and in hotels (Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace, both in Las Vegas). When she opened the chocolaterie with Frenchman Jean-Marie Auboine (Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates), in Las Vegas, she pledged to champion the imagination and artisanship, and to play with techniques, flavours and compositions from the world of the dessert.
In late 2015, Coppel began a new career in Las Vegas, with new projects in hand. It will continue with one of the pastry aspects that he likes best, training. Thus she combines one of his greatest passions, pastry and chocolate classes, with consulting. She runs her own Atelier Melissa Coppel. She has also been named a new ambassador by Cacao Barry USA and is now immersed in projects for this firm.
Awards / Bio Highlights
- 2006 Winner of the Plated Dessert by Demarle
- 2006 Trained at The French Pastry School, Chicago.
- 11/2011 Open the Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolates in Las Vegas with Jean-Marie Auboine
- 2013 Winner Chocolatier of the Year and People Choice Awards
- 2015 Ambassador for Cacao Barry USA
- 2016 Atelier School Melissa Coppel in Las Vegas
I admire French pastry, but I feel much more identified with the Spanish style
so good.. magazine #12