Chocolatier and pastry chef Roger Rodriguez works tirelessly to craft beautiful and unique flavors in his chocolate. His love for his work is so clear in the way he approaches his creations. I so enjoyed working with Roger, and the rest of this creative team, to produce a set of videos and still images that highlight these original chocolate confections, as well as Roger’s bean-to-bar chocolate workshop, Cacao Prieto, located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Roger’s time growing up in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, influences the flavors he works with, as does the European influence of his time spent training at ICE culinary school and among the top pastry chefs in the kitchens of Jean-Georges, Gramercy Tavern, and Del Posto.
The challenge and excitement that comes from the endless possibilities with chocolate is what first drew Roger to chocolate making. His hope is that through his bold flavor combinations and hand-crafted chocolate, made the old-fashioned way, he can help people thoroughly enjoy only the best bites of chocolate.
Creative Team: Chocolatier/Client; Food stylist, Editor