Catherine Wiersema started Chocolats Passion in 2014 in her Belmont, MA kitchen. In the fall of 2017 came a move to Portland, Maine, and setting up production at the Fork Food Lab, a shared commercial kitchen. Darcy Brennan Poor, a pastry chef, soon joined her. In September 2018, Chocolats Passion moved into 189 Brackett Street, which houses their chocolate creation space and boutique. Sarah Levine, also a pastry chef, joined the team in March 2020.
Catherine’s passion for chocolate making began when growing up in France: by the age of 10 she had come up with her first confection, a hard-as-a-rock hazelnut caramel! She is a 2013 honors graduate of the Professional Chocolatier program at the renowned Ecole Chocolat, and also went through their rigorous Chocolate Quality Assurance course. To hone her creative edge, she makes periodic trips to the Cacao Barry Chocolate Academy in Montreal. Catherine, Darcy and Sarah all focus on creating new confections, a number of which have received medals in international competitions.