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The Masters Behind the Craft

Lindt Chocolatiers, Masters Behind The Craft

Behind every Lindt chocolate creation is a passionate and skilled Master Chocolatier. Located all over the world, our Lindt Master Chocolatiers come from different backgrounds and have diverse palates and unique ideas. Yet they all share the strong bond of dedication to their roles as Lindt Master Chocolatiers and close ties to the home of Lindt chocolate. It is this commitment, unique passion and skill that keeps our creations fresh and exciting.

Ann

USA

Ann Czaja


A Master Chocolatier and Senior Product Developer, Ann moved from her career in medical research to study confectionary in Switzerland – and has never looked back. Today, she is based in the United States and is always coming up with fresh recipes. She also speaks publicly about her love for Lindt – even working at events like the Emmys and Golden Globes. Turns out, A-listers love Lindt too.

Arnaud

USA

Arnaud Ragot


Master Chocolatier Arnaud has been studying and working in the confectionery industry since he was a teenager. Years of training make him a skilled chocolatier, known for conjuring up exciting flavour combinations. His proudest moment was seeing his first assortment of pralines appear on store shelves.

Thomas

Australia

Thomas Schnetzler


Born and raised in Switzerland, Thomas Schnetzler has been passionate about chocolate since he was just a boy. After completing his formal training, he moved to Australia to be a Master Chocolatier for Lindt. He also shares his passion with the world as a brand ambassador – Lindt is truly a big global family.

Thomas

Switzerland

Urs Liechti


Before joining Lindt, Urs Liechti ran his own confectionery for ten years. Today, he is the head of product management at Lindt’s headquarters. Even after all this time, Urs never gets tired of chocolate. There are days he samples between 100 and 150 grams of our creations.

Dimo

South Africa

Dimo Simatos


One of the finest and most respected chocolatiers in South Africa, Dimo Simatos is the Head of Master Chocolatiers Lindt Chocolate Studio & Boutique in South Africa, helping to set up Lindt’s Chocolate Studio in Cape Town. His love affair with Lindt chocolate began at a much younger age, when his neighbours used to bring back Lindt as gifts from their overseas travels.

Stephan

Switzerland

Stefan Bruderer


Stefan Bruderer believes that the constant drive for new flavours is what makes a successful Master Chocolatier. Unsurprisingly, this Master Chocolatier holds not only a degree in food technology but also in art and design. The skills he learned at school are integral to his chocolate creations today.

Dimo

Japan

Laurent Poilvet


Laurent Poilvet has worked as a pastry chef and confectioner around the world. Now he runs the new Lindt chocolate café in Tokyo as the manager for product creation and development. His advice to budding chocolatiers is to approach the craft with respect, humility and passion – be patient and keep learning.

Stephan

Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent

Matthew Mueller


Matthew Mueller is one to watch. Never one to shy from a challenge, he competed in various competitions before joining Lindt as a driven ambassador and resident Master Chocolatier in the Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinental Region. His fondest memory is putting on his uniform for the first time – it fit like a glove.