What can you do with talent, a passion for food and the desire to be your own boss? Open a restaurant where you test all your skills and knowledge day by day, in order to prepare mouth-watering products that would definitely satisfy even your most pretentious clients’ taste buds.
This is the story of Tudor Constantinescu, a 37- year-old Romanian in love with food. He has over 20 years of experience in the food-making industry and still counting.
Chocolat (e) by Tudor Constantinescu. Photo source: tvmania.ro
It all began when Tudor left his homeland at the age of 14 and went to Belgium, the country of chocolate. He was passionate about food even from early childhood, when he watched his mother and grandmother cook for hours and hours in a row, without getting tired or bored.
It was in Belgium where he really started to experiment with food and learn every aspect of gastronomy. He spent 5 years of his life taking cooking classes in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. Every day, from dusk till dawn, and sometimes even at night, Tudor was in the kitchen – baking, stirring magic potions – various types of chocolate and dressings, blending delicious spices and mixing foods in unthinkable ways.
He has traveled on different continents in order to gather as much knowledge as he could: in the beginning, he was a trainee in several restaurants in Paris; he performed basic tasks in the kitchen – such as cutting vegetables and fruit, in various restaurants in the United States.
Then, one day, Tudor became a gastronomic consultant for renowned, 5 star-hotels, such as Hilton and Marriott. Still, this was not enough. His desire was to return to his country, Romania, and start a business there, in order for his fellow citizens to be able to taste his amazing food.
Therefore, in 2006, he launched his own business, a chain of all-in-one bistros-cafes-sweet shops-bakeries, called Chocolat. When you go in any of his cafes, you immediately get drawn into a fantasy world that conquers you with the delicious smells, fabulous taste, pleasant shapes and colors. You can find here all sorts of bread, croissants, a wide range of coffee and tea, but it’s the sweets and mostly chocolate products that will blow your mind away.
It is no surprise that Tudor Constantinescu’s business had a turnover of 0.7 million Euros, and the predictions are that he will earn about 5 million Euro in 2015. In his case, success definitely tastes like Chocolat (e)!