Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of homemade chocolate truffles as last-minute holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolate treats as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon and Taste TV.
Nicole lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Rahul and their two sons, Sébastien and Colin.