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Ryan Berk

Parliament Chocolate
Owner
Redlands, California

Ryan Berk has worked most of his life in the food industry, starting in a Thai restaurant in his local town of Redlands at the age of 14. Ryan graduated from Grove, a Montessori based High School, in 2003 and later attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Hollywood. He worked his way up to become a Chef at one of Southern California's casino's where he learned how to run a kitchen and manage a large staff. Ryan's love of food and culture led him and his wife to open à la minute, a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, in 2012. à la minute focuses on using local ingredients, and with support from the local community, now has multiple shops in Redlands, Orange and Claremont. Ryan's interest in knowing where his food comes from led him to open Parliament Chocolate, a bean to bar chocolate factory. Ryan visits Central America, South America and South East Asia almost quarterly to meet producers and learn of their cacao growing practices to make sure that they are holding the highest standards as to the respect agriculture and humanity.