Life is sweet for Ryan Love. As the son of Norman Love, he was raised learning the craft of pastry-making from his father. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Love continued his education at the French Pastry School in Chicago. With his current position, Love oversees all stages of the creation of new products, as well as developing training programs for new staff.

“My approach is to lead by example,” Love says. “Being part of a team and working towards a common goal is extremely important to me. As the leader of a team at Norman Love Confections, I will never ask my team to do something I would not personally do.”

In 2015 and 2016, SWFL Children’s Charities honored Love with a “Pan of Appreciate,” as a thank you for his contributions to the Florida Food & Wine Fest’s Chef Vintner Dinners.

Outside of the kitchen, Love enjoys watching and playing hockey and is a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He enjoys long walks with his wife, Meghan, and dog, Sherman. He is also interested in video games and astronomy.