The 43-year-old Sunnyvale woman was recently included in Dessert Professional magazine’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America 2011. Doerr’s business, Neo Cocoa, is best known for its truffles, sold wholesale to stores in San Francisco.
How did you get in the chocolate business? This started a long time ago. My very first job, I worked at a chocolate shop, Cocolat, when I was 17 and that influenced me to go to culinary school. I worked for pastry chefs for about 10 years in the Bay Area, I went back to school and got a degree in graphic design, then I decided I wanted to have my own business. I said, “What would I do for nothing? Chocolate. I would make chocolate.”
What do you see for the future of Neo Cocoa? I hope to someday have a storefront, but to continue to do wholesale and move into retail and to continue to make a lot of different flavors and to add new products.
If you could only eat one chocolate treat for the rest of your life, what would it be? A chocolate éclair Cocolat used to make — they were to die for.