In the three years since Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates opened for business on L Street in midtown Sacramento, the shop has attracted a growing legion of followers, drawn to everything from premium hot chocolate to artfully prepared individual chocolates and cakes. Over time, customers came to know they were dealing with a major talent.
Turns out, Ginger Elizabeth Hahn is considered one of the best in the business throughout North America, according to the trade magazine Dessert Professional.
In the December issue, Hahn is featured in a full-page spread in the article "Dessert Professional's Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America." She is one of only two chocolatiers on the list from California . (The other is Richard H. Donnelly of Santa Cruz . )
Contacted at her shop, which often has lines out the door this time of year, the 29-year-old Hahn said, "My initial reaction was, it was shocking. They actually told me I was one of the youngest ever. We have worked really hard to get to where we are , and this is a nice compliment."
Hahn, who grew up in the Sierra foothills town of Camino, has been a rising star in the culinary world for several years. She graduated at the top of her class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and went on to work with some of the leaders in the pastry arts, including En-Ming Hsu at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago, and in New York with Jacques Torres and Dan Budd.
-- Blair Anthony Robertson