His taste for gastronomy comes from his family, thanks to the restaurant business ran by his parents in Centelles (Barcelona). He studied hospitality in the Escola Joviat in Manresa and in his fifth year discovered the world of sweet and especially chocolate. In 2001 he joined the team at the Chocolate Academy and two years later began teaching courses at national and international levels. Victory arrived in the 2004 CANJOP (National Championship for Young Pastry Chefs) and the 2005 MMACE (Spain’s Best Master Artisan Chocolatier) Lluís Santapau Trophy, the highest honor in Spanish chocolate making. Since 2015 he is director of the Chocolate Academy Barcelona and chef for the Callebaut brand. Josep Maria Ribé represents creativity from knowledge, demand, professional rigor, and well-done work.
- 2004 – Winner of Spanish Young Pastry Chef CANJOP
- 2005 – Trophy Lluís Santapau to Best Chocolatier of Spain
- 2016 – Author of book Four in One, On the boundaries of chocolate
I think the future of the Chocolate AcademyTM will be to keep on the same line that has led us to these 20 years with four pillars as a philosophy: The team; the quality of the courses and the accuracy of the information; innovation as the foundation; and the treatment of our customers.