Chef Ramona Thomas, My Chocolate Soul®
Ramona S. Thomas, Ph.D. is the founder and Chief Sweets Officer of My Chocolate Soul®, a Chicago-based sweets company that specializes in all-natural, artisan chocolates for business clients and high-profile events. My Chocolate Soul grew out of Ramona’s love of baking and sweets, especially chocolate. Although she had baked for nearly two decades, the initial idea for starting the business came after taking an introduction to French pastries course at the French Pastry School in Chicago. Ramona felt so at home in a commercial kitchen that she immediately began thinking about how she could spend more time in one doing what she really loved. With an initial plan, a personal financial investment, some formal training, and support and encouragement from family and friends, she left education and launched the company in January 2011.
Ramona is a graduate (with honors) of Ecole Chocolat’s Professional School of Chocolate Arts Professional Chocolatier Program. She also completed the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy’s program for professional chocolatiers, and continuing education courses at the French Pastry School and Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Chicago.
Before transitioning to the dessert industry and founding the company, Ramona had an entrepreneurial career in education and philanthropy for 18 years. She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Ramona is a Bronx native.