Carmen Portillo is from Little Rock, Arkansas. At the age of 19, moved to London, England; while abroad, Carmen had her first handmade, gourmet chocolate truffle. Later she traveled to Paris, France and caught the chocolate fever! Upon returning to home over a year later, she longed for that experience again, so she researched ways to learn the trade for making delicious, artisan truffles.
Carmen studied at the Notter School for Confectionary and Chocolate Arts in Orlando, Florida combined with a certificate from Ecole Chocolate Professional Chocolate Arts, making Carmen the first Certified Professional Chocolatier in the State of Arkansas.
In April 2019, Carmen was featured as a competitor on “Bake You Rich,” which aired on the Food Network hosted by Budd “Cakeboss” Valastro.