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Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) was co-founded in 2002 by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother, in honor of their Venezuelan cacao farmer ancestors and their desire to bring innovative, ultra-premium chocolate to San Diego. With Chef Michael’s European chocolate-making techniques and culinary creativity, Chuao had a recipe for success.

What began as an artisan chocolate boutique has grown into an internationally award winning operation with acclaim from Food Network to Oprah.com and distribution across the United States at fine specialty retailers including CVS, Target, Whole Foods Market, Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Named Top Ten Chocolatier in the US by Dessert Professional, Chuao opened its brand new JOY factory in Carlsbad, CA in 2016. Just 5 miles from the beach, the Chuao JOY factory is home to its manufacturing plant, warehouse, headquarters, chocolate boutique and events program.

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