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norman loveThe World Chocolate Masters, the world’s premier culinary competition devoted solely to the art of chocolate, has invited Fort Myers-based chocolatier Chef Norman Love to be the head jury member for the 2013 competition to be held Oct. 28 to 30 in Paris.

Love, chef/owner of Norman Love Confections, will oversee a group of 10 international jury members that will be judging assignments related to artistic and technical skills of the contestants. His role will include briefing the jury members at the beginning of each assignment focusing on the different points that should be considered, interviews with moderators and international journalists, and tasting but not voting except in the case of a tie.

“I am humbled by this appointment,” said Love who was a jury member at the 2011 World Chocolate Masters event.. “The World Chocolate Masters is recognized as the world’s most prestigious chocolate competition.”

The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, which also serves artisan gelato, at 3747 Tamiami Trail North in Parkshore Centre, is open during the holidays on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, east of I-75, is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.