From a childhood love of decadent sweets, Valerie developed a lifelong passion for discovering and creating delicious moments with food. She has forged a varied and unique career, equally adept at running fine restaurants as she is working in a busy kitchen.
After spending her formative culinary years in San Francisco, amidst the early days of the farm-to-table movement, she relocated to Los Angeles to run the fabled Les Deux Cafes, one of the most celebrated (and missed) restaurants in Hollywood history.
Entirely self-trained, she left Les Deux and founded her namesake confectionary in 2004, with her partner Stan. Since that time, Valerie Confections has become recognized as one of the top artisan chocolatiers in the country, known for her modern interpretation of classic chocolates and confections, elegantly packaged for gifting.
Never content to rest on her laurels, and always interested in absorbing and exploring the world around her through food, Valerie continually expands the breadth of the company. In 2009, Valerie introduced a line of Classic California Cakes paying homage to bygone bakeries (including the beloved Blum’s bakery of Valerie’s childhood). She then developed a line of preserves, which were subsequently named “Best in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Magazine. In addition to selling the preserves at local farmer’s markets, they are available in Dean & Deluca locations nationwide. More recently, she has collaborated with many renowned Los Angeles artists and designers, including Commune Design, Edible Gardens L.A., Clare V., and Simone LeBlanc, among others.
Valerie Confections has been recognized in many national media outlets, including Vogue, House & Garden, Newsweek, In Style, USA Today, Chocolatier, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Town & Country, and the nationally syndicated radio programs The Splendid Table and Good Food.
Valerie Confections has been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, and the Food Network’s The BestThing I Ever Ate. Valerie was also a featured guest on two episodes of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Nailed It on Netflix, among others. Her recipes and writing have appeared in many online and print publications, notably Savuer, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Darling. Valerie has also made appearances at marquee food festivals including Los Angeles’ All-Star Chef Classic, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, and top celebrity chef billing at Palm Desert Food & Wine and Palm Beach Food & Wine.
Her first cookbook, Sweet (Artisan Publishing, 2013), which she both wrote and styled, was a 2014 James Beard Award Finalist for Baking & Dessert.