Three days following her graduation from Vanderbilt University, Katrina Markoff moved to Paris to pursue her dream of studying the culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu. Using her palate as her guide, she then embarked on a world tour that began with an apprenticeship in Spain under the direction of Ferran Adrià and continued east through Southeast Asia and Australia. The purple house of Vosges Haut-Chocolat and the concept of Travel the World through Chocolate™ were inspired by her journeys. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is currently available in 9 company-owned boutiques, every Whole Foods Grocery and a variety of independent and specialty stores.
She is the recipient of numerous accolades including Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40, the Bon AppétitFood Artisan of the Year Award, and being named "THE innovator in chocolate to lead the US through the next 30 years" by Food & Wine Magazine. She was also honored as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by OPEN American Express and Entrepreneur Magazine. Most recently, her company, Vosges Haut-Chocolat was named one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic. There are currently 9 company-owned boutiques in the US, and her creations are also available at online, at every Whole Foods Grocery and a variety of independent and specialty stores.