Expert on the origins and tastes of chocolate.
Brad Kintzer is the Chief Chocolate Maker at international, award-winning TCHO Chocolate, based in Berkeley. Prior to joining TCHO, Brad was chocolate maker and product developer at U.S. bean-to-bar chocolate pioneer, Scharffen Berger, acquired by The Hershey Company in 2005. Previous to his 15 years of chocolate making, Brad studied botany and environmental studies at the University of Vermont, and spent months working on cacao plantations throughout Latin America to better understand the origins of chocolate flavor. At TCHO, since 2009, Brad and his team are focused on innovating in every aspect of chocolate making: from cocoa genetics, fermentation and roasting, to creating unique and tasty chocolate products for market. Brad is currently Vice President of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association and is also on the board of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation efforts.