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Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier - Fine Chocolates Made by Hand

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Getting ready for my close-up

September 22, 2010

The “America’s Best” crew films Gail behind the counter.

I’m writing this a couple of days before “America’s Best” airs on the Food Network. The whole thing still seems pretty unbelievable, although we’ve known about it since February. For the editors of Food Network Magazine to say I make “the best little box of chocolates” really blows me away. For years, you have been telling me how much you enjoy our chocolate … but the best in America? Really? How does one take a compliment like that?

Since Food Network contacted us, I have been trying to prepare mentally, physically and spiritually. Yoga helps keeps me grounded, thinking clearly and breathing! All the attention is exciting and a little daunting, too. We want to make sure that we serve our loyal local customers and make the experience wonderful for those who are new to our chocolates. It’s a lot to handle, but I think we’re up to the task.

I want to reassure our regulars, some of whom have expressed concern that we will be too busy to make their favorites. The customers in my shop will always come first. You are the ones who built my business. Don’t worry, we’ve been preparing and I pray we won’t run out!

I also want to enjoy this time in the sun, while thanking all the people who have been so encouraging and supportive of my little chocolate business. When I began almost six years ago, I had no idea where chocolate would take me. At the time, it just felt right. I knew I had to take that leap of faith or I would regret it. Jumping off the edge is scary, but it’s also exhilarating.

I never imagined an honor such as this, but it is very gratifying to see all the hard work recognized and my business blossoming. This is a journey that I savor and look forward to seeing where it will take me next. Thank you all, I am so grateful for the life I have been given and all the friendly people in it!