Robin Autorino

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Robin Chocolates

Robin Chocolates came about almost by accident. While in the US Navy, Robin used pretzel dipping in chocolate to keep her son busy while she could cook a holiday meal for other single moms and dads in the military. This became a tradition and the types of confections grew. Years later, a financially rewarding career in the IT world, left a void, a void for passion. Robin landed at a local culinary school where she studied classic French cooking techniques using locally produced, seasonally available ingredients. Her last month of culinary coursework was spent in Avignon, France where she had the honor of studying with master chefs from Michelin starred restaurants and working at a local pâtisserie. Robin’s experience at the pâtisserie inspired her to become a pastry chef. Over the next several years Robin worked to develop her craft in the pastry kitchens of a number of landmark restaurants. Among these are Flagstaff House and Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder as well as The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. During this time she also interned at Tru in Chicago.

In her spare time, Robin began to make molded chocolates for friends and family, experimenting with flavors and artistry. Just before Valentine’s Day in 2008, a local florist needed chocolates and asked Robin to provide them. She jumped at the opportunity to transform from chocolate enthusiast to chocolate entrepreneur. And thus, Robin Chocolates was born.

Posted in 2013 Competitors, Chocolatier of the Year.