Feb. 27, 2013, Chicago – Every other year, the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) hosts their Recognition of Excellence ceremony to award individuals and businesses that have contributed to this diverse community of chocolate makers. On January 19, Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer received the FCIA's Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in co-founding The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago and mentoring future generations of chocolatiers. Other honorees at the San Francisco ceremony included Santiago Peralta for Outstanding Fine Chocolate Maker; Andal Balu for Innovation in Fine Chocolate Products; and Mary Jo Stojak for Outstanding Service to the Industry.
Pfeiffer's career has often highlighted the versatility of chocolate both as a candy and an art form. He has won honours at international competitions like Master of Chocolate, Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, the National Pastry Championship, and more. Pfeiffer was also featured in the 2009 documentary Kings of Pastry, which tracked his experience in the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France and introduced the art of pastry and chocolate to an international audience. Throughout his time as a chef instructor, he has influenced students from around the world, many of whom have gone on to open chocolate shops from Chicago to Las Vegas and beyond.