"Cocoanista” (cocoa/chocolatier + fashionista) was coined in 2011 by Jacqueline Jacek, owner of JACEK Chocolate Couture in Sherwood Park (outside Edmonton). The term is a more descriptive one that simply “chocolatier” and Jacek claims that she’s the world’s first and only “cocoanista.”
JACEK Chocolate Couture
How do you pronounce JACEK?
What is a Cocoanista?
Jacqueline Jacek is the world’s first Cocoanista; a fusion between a Fashionista & a Chocolatier. A Cocoanista applies the principles of haute couture in the creation of artisan chocolates. These principles include expression through shape & colour (and the additional dimension of flavour in chocolate), intricate construction, innovative technique and the use of the highest quality components to create truly exceptional works of art.
JACEK Chocolate Couture—Blog
A career change…from Lollipops to Chocolate!
March 1, 2011 by Jacqueline
I was excited when a previous colleague of mine, Dr.Debbie Scarlett, contacted me to be featured in the Malaganite; a publication for Malaghan Institute (New Zealand) Alumni. One of my first roles after finishing my University degree was as Fundraising & Communications Manager for the Institute. How funny to think that with many career changes, I eventually became a Cocoanista! Here is the article that was published:...
Malaghanite—Malaghan Institute of Medical Research Alumni Magazine (Summer 2011)
Pg. 3, col. 1:
From lollipops to chocolates
Jacqueline Jacek (nee LaBerge) (2003-2005)
Today Kacqui describes herself as a “Cocoanista”—a unique fusion of Fashionista and Chocolatier. “A cocoanista applies the principles of haute couture in the creation of artisan chocolates,” said Jacqui. “These principles include expression through shape & colour (and the additional dimension of flavour in chocolate), intricate construction, innovative technique and the use of the highest quality components to create truly exceptional works of art.”
Cocoanista’s couture good enough to eat
Sherwood Park chocolatier fuses food and fashion
By Chris Zdeb
March 25, 2011
SHERWOOD PARK—If Jacqueline Jacek’s confections had legs, they could walk a fashion runway.
Jacek calls herself a “cocoanista,” a word she coined that fuses fashionista and chocolatier to describe someone who applies the principles of fashion to the creation of artisan chocolate.
“I decided to make my own dream job and I love fashion and food, so I combined them,” she explains.
She thinks she’s the only cocoanista in the world.
April 14, 2011, 1:30 pm
A confectioner who produces limited-edition chocolate collections. (Cocoa + fashionista)