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The Masters Behind the Craft

Behind every Lindt chocolate creation is a passionate and skilled Master Chocolatier. Located all over the world, our Lindt Master Chocolatiers come from different backgrounds and have diverse palates and unique ideas. Yet they all share the strong bond of dedication to their roles as Lindt Master Chocolatiers and close ties to the home of Lindt chocolate. It is this commitment, unique passion and skill that keeps our creations fresh and exciting.

Our Lindt Master Chocolatiers are real people and classically trained chocolatiers.


They experiment, taste test, craft and create every one of our products with unmatched expertise and a real passion for chocolate.

Get to know us:

Master Chocolatier and Senior Product Developer outside Lindt.

Thomas Schnetzler

Born and raised in Switzerland, Thomas Schnetzler has been passionate about chocolate since he was just a boy. After completing his formal training, he moved to Australia to be a Master Chocolatier for Lindt. He also shares his passion with the world as a brand ambassador – Lindt is truly a big global family.


Arnaud Ragot

Master Chocolatier Arnaud has been studying and working in the confectionery industry since he was a teenager. Years of training make him a skilled chocolatier, known for conjuring up exciting flavour combinations. His proudest moment was seeing his first assortment of pralines appear on store shelves. 

Arnaud - one of our Master Chocolatiers.
Thomas - one of our chocolatiers and a brand ambassador.

Ann Czaja

A Master Chocolatier and Senior Product Developer, Ann moved from her career in medical research to study confectionary in Switzerland – and has never looked back. Today, she is based in the United States and is always coming up with fresh recipes. She also speaks publicly about her love for Lindt – even working at events like the Emmys and Golden Globes. Turns out, A-listers love Lindt too.


Urs Liechti

Before joining Lindt, Urs Liechti ran his own confectionery for ten years. Today, he is the head of product management at Lindt’s headquarters. Even after all this time, Urs never gets tired of chocolate. There are days he samples between 100 and 150 grams of our creations.
Lindt head of product management with a bowl of chocolate.
Italian master chocolatier.

Francesca Barbieri

Francesca Barbieri was born in the heart of Varese and immediately came in contact with Lindt chocolate. The Italian production spreads a pleasant chocolate scent in the air, which led Francesca to work for Lindt & Sprüngli in her beloved city. In addition to creating new chocolates, Francesca also loves to connect with consumers and share her knowledge with other chocolate lovers.


Stefan Bruderer

Stefan Bruderer believes that the constant drive for new flavours is what makes a successful Master Chocolatier. Unsurprisingly, this Master Chocolatier holds not only a degree in food technology but also in art and design. The skills he learned at school are integral to his chocolate creations today.

Stefan - our master chocolatier with a degree in food technology.

Our Story

It all began in 1845 in a small confectionary shop in Zurich. Here David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his son, Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann first produced chocolate in solid form. Since then our chocolate has been continuously perfected, becoming what it is today: creamy, rich and sweet. An incomparable taste.

From Bean to Bar

We take pride in what we do. Which means we are one of the very few manufacturers that produce chocolate from bean to bar. This gives us control over every step of the process, so you can be guaranteed you’re getting the finest quality chocolate. Every time.