Ivy Chan, the artisan chocolatier of Cocoa Chai Chocolates.
Ivy was born in Hong Kong and had lived in the Bay Area for
more than 20 years and moved to Seattle in 2004.
During the winter of 2004, Ivy attended the professional
chocolate making course at École Lenotre in Plaisir,
France and received a certificate from Lenotre in Chocolate
making. Ivy also studied at L’école du Grand
Chocolats at Valrhona in Tain L’hermitage, France. After
returning to the States, Ivy started “L’atelier
du Chocolat” The Chocolate Workshop in Seattle where
she was teaching chocolate making courses at Les Cadeaux Gourmets
in Queen Anne, William Sonoma and her home. Ivy loves to teach
and share her passion of chocolate making with students but
she also loves working with different flavors in her chocolates.
In 2005, Ivy decided to open Cocoa Chai Chocolates at Venue
Ivy loves things simple and elegant and Cocoa Chai Chocolates
is just that. She likes to work in a small and efficient kitchen
and she believes that a small piece of fine chocolate truffle
made with simple ingredient with an elegant décor is
all you need in fine chocolates. Therefore, Ivy uses only
the highest quality ingredients and creates each chocolate
one piece at a time. All the chocolates are made in small
batches and hand dipped then decorated.
Since Ivy’s background is Chinese, she loves to implement
Asian tea and spices into her chocolates. Sometimes it is
very surprising as to how well these flavors blend together.
Most of the ingredients used in her truffles are imported
from all over the world. These ingredients are then infused
into the cream in making the perfect ganache for her truffles.
Ivy now resides in downtown Seattle with her husband Clive
and her cat Mowdy (who loves chocolates too but cannot eat!)