A real-life Willy Wonka: Meet the chocolatier behind the Timothée Chalamet prequel,
Candymaker Gabriella Cugno discusses how she created the edible sweets for the musical prequel film.
Those involved with the making of Wonka, and even folks in her personal life, have already taken to calling Gabriella Cugno the real-life Willy Wonka. The part Welsh, part Italian chocolatier, who designed all of the sweets for the prequel musical starring Timothée Chalamet, is still wrapping her brain around that new moniker.
“It’s just crazy to think that I worked on the film,” Cugno tells EW over Zoom from the kitchen she opened in her hometown of Cardiff, Wales, just 15 minutes away from the city center. “It was such a magical experience. It was just amazing to be able to be Willy Wonka behind the scenes and come up with these creative ideas from the script and work with all these amazing people.”