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Michael Poole is the founder and CEO of Hot Chocolat, Artisan Firehouse Chocolates, based in Seattle, Washington. Michael is an award-winning chef and has 30 years of experience as a firehouse cook for the Seattle Fire Department. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris with Le Grande Diplome in Cuisine and Pastry. He specializes in French and Caribbean cuisines, French pastries and artisan chocolates.

Like many people with a love for the culinary arts, Michael Poole grew up in food……

I was introduced to good food in my grandmother’s Santa Barbara kitchen. Although I became a firefighter by profession, I have always maintained a love of cooking. I take great pleasure in creating a meal that is both delightful to the senses and satisfying for the appetite.

In 2003, Michael applied his commitment to excellence and passion for intense flavors to the art of chocolate making. His first flavor was Dark Raspberry Chocolate Ganache enrobed in a White Chocolate Heart. Since then, he has developed over a dozen delicious signature flavors using French recipes and techniques.

Michael Poole has been featured on the nationally syndicated talk show Rachael Ray, as well as local newspapers and television stations.

Image Credit: Tom Reeves, Spirit of Black Paris