Longmont-based Robin Chocolates (http://robinchocolates.com/), owned by Robin Autorino, has been named one of the top 10 chocolate makers in North America for 2013 by “Dessert Professional,” the leading trade publication for chocolate, pastry, baking and ice cream professionals.
“We are tremendously honored,” said Autorino, who founded Robin Chocolates in 2008. “Our passion is making bold, beautiful and delicious chocolates and pastries, and it is enormously satisfying to be recognized for our work.”
Autorino began her professional career as a chef for a small cafeteria, and then joined the military and continued cooking, baking and candy making as a hobby. After 14 years in the Navy and more than a decade working for computer and Internet companies she settled on her true passion working in the culinary world.
She attended Culinary School of the Rockies, and during an internship at a patisserie in France, discovered her love of pastries, desserts and chocolate. Her resume includes pastry chef positions at Flagstaff House in Boulder and The Brown Palace Hotel.
Robin Chocolates is a family-run business where Autorino’s husband, Chris, handles the company’s artwork and website.
“One rule I learned in the military is that precision counts,” she said. “If it doesn’t look perfect and taste great, I won’t sell it.”
Readers and visitors to the shop at 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, can mention the code #topchocolateshop for five percent off all orders through the end of January.