Meet The Belgian
MASTER CHOCOLATIER JEAN PAUL “JP” HEPP
Jean-Paul “JP” Hepp, Founder and Co-Owner of Chocodiem, takes chocolate very seriously. After all, he’s Belgian!
Mention of any mass-produced chocolates in JP’s presence and you might catch a slight cringe. Why’s that? Well, for the past 23 years, JP has had his patients tried in being forced to consume too many inferior quality chocolates. When the opportunity presented itself, JP chose to change that by starting Chocodiem in 2012. He now makes small-batched chocolates by hand in a state-of-the-art kitchen in Clinton, NJ, using no preservatives — only premium chocolate discovered throughout his travels to various parts of the world on a quest to find the best cacao beans! While this artisan approach results in a higher cost than most mass-produced chocolates, JP wants to appeal to discerning customers who enjoy first-rate chocolates following Belgian standards.
“Belgian chocolate is considered to be the gourmet standard by which all other chocolate confections are measured… What makes Belgian chocolate unique is the quality of the ingredients and an almost fanatical adherence to Old World manufacturing techniques… most Belgian chocolate is still made by hand in small shops…”.
Prior to their pursuit in making some of the most acclaimed chocolate in the U.S., JP and his daughter/Co-Owner, Eveline, both obtained degrees in Belgium at the University Antwerp studying Biology (Ecology). JP applied his PhD degree in the pharmaceutical industry for over 23 years, before finally venturing into the kitchen to pursue his real passion: chocolate. The classes, training, and dedication by both JP and Eveline have earned them the title of master chocolatiers. They take great pride in merging their experiences in both art and science to discover unique flavor combinations guaranteed to delight their customers.
Our team is as time-tested as the delicious Belgian chocolates that they have learned to perfect. Consisting of artists and visionaries, including designers, culinary artisans, and talented painters, our team truly works in a collaborative effort to bring you the best possible products we have to offer.