Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Erika Dupree Cline is the owner and creator of Bleu Chocolat, a chocolate boutique located on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Chef Erika is a celebrated pastry chef with over 20 years’ experience and is known for crafting sumptuous desserts and chocolates made from cacao beans and flavours grown in the Caribbean.
Chef Erika’s career started in Detroit, Michigan where she worked as a pastry cook under the country’s first Master Chef, Milos. From there, Chef Erika’s passion for the culinary arts spanned the countryside including work at renowned places like The Peabody Hotel Memphis, Tennessee and Ponte Vedra Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. In July 2012, Chef Erika took her esteemed career to the shores of the Bahamas where she served as Chocolatier and Creative Director of Graycliff Chocolatier.
Also in the fall of 2012, Chef Erika became one of a select few celebrity chefs as spokesperson for Sunday Dinner Chefs for Publix Supermarkets showcasing entrees and desserts for the holiday season.
Chef Erika was one of the original 2010 contestants on Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts. She won three competitions while receiving great acclaims about her cookies and tequila bombs by the top chef judges. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Pastry Arts Magazine, Afar Travel Magazine, Black Enterprise and others. Chef Erika has made numerous television cooking appearances and has served as a judge for the Food Network’s Rock N Roll Pastry Challenge.
In 2008, as a devotee of the pastry arts Chef Erika created a not for profit organization entitled Culinary Wonders USA. Culinary Wonders USA’s mission is to introduce, share, and cultivate the culinary arts to minorities.
As president of CWUSA, Chef Erika believes that mentoring, scholarships, and volunteerism is a great avenue for providing direction in the culinary world.
Chef Erika’s long standing motto is, “A day is never good without chocolate”.