Hey Firehouse Chefs community! Our very own Chef Michael Poole has shown himself to not only be successful as a firefighter and firehouse chef…his other love, chocolate, inspired his chocolatiering venture MDP Signature Chocolates, which has proved to be quite successful.
Initially, Michael exclusively offered his chocolates to catering clients. However, they were so beloved that he was compelled to provide them for retail sale. His clients weren’t the only ones lauding their value – he won gold, silver, and bronze awards in 2011. All of the chocolates he makes are done so by hand, which require exacting temperatures and environments to do them justice.
This, really, is why Michael is reaching out: currently the facilities that he’s using are not ideal for the specific requirements that high-quality chocolates demand, and he is aiming to raise capital to open & equip his own chocolate factory and retail space.
Enter KickStarter, a group-funding premise that compiles investors’ funds to get entrepreneurial ventures up & running. Anyone investing $25 or more will receive hand-written notes from Michael, and everyone investing $50 or more will be rewarded with his delightful chocolates. Who doesn’t love beautifully crafted French chocolates? We know that we do!
As a matter of fact, we will be partnering with Michael in offering his chocolates in tandem with Firehouse Chefs food – pastries, to be exact: Michael will be supplying chocolate fire helmets, Maltese crosses & other such delectables to top cakes and other pastry items. Stay tuned!