Nicole Patel

Owner, Delysia Chocolatier

After Nicole graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, few could imagine her engineering chocolates for a living. However, in 2006, Nicole made chocolate truffles as holiday gifts – much to the delight of her family and friends – and she realized she had found her passion. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, Nicole opened and turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as named by the International Chocolate Salon and Taste TV. Nicole now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Rahul and their two sons, Sébastien and Colin.