What do you do when life hands you lemons? Well, if you're 2 Chicks with Chocolate founder Elyissia Wassung's mom, you by-pass the lemonade thing entirely and go straight for the chocolate! When a disabling car accident left her unable to commute to work, Elyissia's mom turned to making chocolate in her kitchen as a way to bring home the bacon! Elyissia would load up her shopping cart and venture down her Queens, New York, blocks going door to door to sell all she could, until one day some neighborhood bullies stole her candy and her money! She learned then that the risks of owning one's own business were greater than she thought, but by then she was already bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and well-launched in the chocolate business!
Following her Mom’s advice to "never take no for an answer", Elyissia knew she would follow her heart and make a change. Despite being in a lucrative telecom job while managing her chocolate business, Elyissia decided to get really serious about taking the chocolate industry by storm. She left her telecom job and has been happily immersed in the chocolate world ever since. Her goal is to bring inspiration through chocolate and to make 2 Chicks a household name that people will not soon forget!
The other "Chick" is Elyissia’s Mom, Barbara – also known as "Chick 2".
Elyissia’s Mom set the high standard for chocolate for Elyissia at a very young age. In their Queens, NY they had quite a following, and at a very young age, Elyissia remembers telling her Mom that she should make a true business out of it. Who knew that at such a young age Elyissia was already on her way to deciding her career path?
Stephanie Amanda Vazquez
Stephanie runs day to day operations in the kitchen and is the creative genius behind all of 2 Chicks gorgeous colored bonbons. She's born & raised in Monmouth County NJ and honed her culinary skills at Brookdale Community College: The Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park, NJ. She minored in Pastry, and wound up winning the baking award for her school. Her hobbies include baking, cooking, drawing, reading, tattoo's, movies, and fighting for her rights.
Who is Patrick Coston?
Patrick Coston, a celebrated artisanal chocolatier and renowned pastry chef, is the Master Chocolatier for 2 Chicks'. Patrick is responsible for developing all of our delicious new lines for the company. If he happens to look familiar, you may also recognize Patrick from his role as a judge on the Food Network Challenge.
Patrick is known for his expertise with flavor and this is evident when sampling one of his confections. Gourmet Magazine has called Patrick's chocolates "A box of bliss". In 2002, Patrick was recognized by USA Today as one of the nations "Top Ten Artisanal Chocolatiers". In that same year, he was honored as one of the "Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America" by Pastry Art & Design Magazine (an honor he again received in 2003). Very impressive for someone who was self-taught!
Patrick and his creations have been included in a long roster of magazines, books, and television shows including, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food Arts, Grand Finales: The Art of the Plated Dessert, and Food Nation with Bobby Flay. He is currently working on a book of his own, Pastry, Desserts & Chocolates to be published by Prentice Hall.