Meet the Chef: Stefania Pede

Meet, Stefania Pede, the chocolate designer behind the beautiful creations at Cocoa40 Inc. To learn more about the company and everything we stand for, click here. To learn more about Stefania and her journey, keep reading!

After completing an undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, Stefania went on to pursue her true passion in Pastry Arts at George Brown College in 2016. In her final semester at GBC she discovered a love for the art and science behind chocolate making. What started off as a love-hate relationship, quickly became a creative outlet for her.

In the summer of 2018, while working full time in the restaurant industry, she decided to turn her passion project into a venture, and launched Cocoa 40 Inc. A year later, she took a leap of faith and went all-in to run the venture full time.

To satisfy her desire to give back to the community, she launched an initiative called #Chocolate4Change in July 2019 for International Chocolate Day. The program currently raises funds for 6 local non-profit organizations by donating $1 from every bar and truffle sold. She believes:

"we can work together to make the world a better place, one chocolate at a time."

To view the #Chocolate4Change collection and donate today, click here.