From Firehouse Chef to Master Chocolatier

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Firefighter and Chef Michael D. Poole launches a Kickstarter campaign to raise capital to open a small chocolate factory and retail space in Seattle, WA after winning gold at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon in November 2011.

On February 27, 2012, at 6:00 a.m. PST, MDP Signature Chocolates launched its Kickstarter Project ( to raise capital to open a small chocolate factory and retail space in Seattle, Washington. The goal is to have people pledge $50,000 in 30 days. Kickstarter is “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.”

In 2004, Chef Michael D. Poole established MDP Signature Chocolates and began producing handcrafted, French chocolates under this label. These chocolates were provided exclusively to catering clients. With an increase in client demand, Michael began boxing the chocolates for retail sale on the Internet at     

Since 2004, MDP Signature Chocolates has won silver and gold awards at both the Seattle and San Francisco International Chocolate Salons. The judges at the Seattle Chocolate Salon proclaimed, “the lemon meringue truffle from MDP was like a bite of lemon meringue pie enrobed in white chocolate.”

In addition to establishing a chocolate business, Chef Michael has served 32 years as a firefighter and lieutenant on the Seattle fire department in Seattle, Washington.

Michele L. Simms-Burton, Ph.D.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations


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