Meet the Chocobar Crew
ELAINE SHEHAB •FOUNDER
Elaine is the creative mind behind Chocobar Cortés. Together with her husband, Ignacio Cortés, CEO of Chocolate Cortés, she played with the idea of opening a chocolate concept for many years. After thorough research around the world, they set out to create a unique concept that celebrated the family’s rich history where Chocolate Cortés played the starring role. Using her experience and passion for retail, she put together a successful team where design, history, ambiance, excellent food, and service helped create the Chocobar Cortés experience.
CARLOS CORTÉS •GENERAL MANAGER
Carlos is the youngest of the 4th generation Cortés brothers. He has lived in New York City since 2005, recently completing his MD/MBA from NYU. Following the success of Chocobar Cortés, Carlos joined the family business to revamp the brand image and experience. He is currently in the process of expanding Chocobar Cortés beyond its Old San Juan location. His motivation is to share with the world this unique family chocolate experience that is a part of Caribbean culture and cuisine.
RICARDO DE OBALDIA •EXECUTIVE CHEF
From inspiration to presentation, Chef Ricardo is a flavor alchemist. This young Latin chef trained at some of the best culinary institutes in Europe to become a master Chocolatier and Patissier. Known for his imaginative and elaborate chocolate creations, Chef Ricardo designs a unique and exciting culinary experience that celebrates the Chocolate Cortés tradition. A true artisan, all of his creations are made by hand in our kitchen using only the freshest and locally sourced ingredients when available.
Carolina graduated from the University of Puerto Rico. Pursuing her love of culture she studied french language which got her to the Université Paris-Sorbonne. She returned to finish her BA on Art History. Inspired by the Cortés family social compromise and sharing their passion for chocolate and art she joined the Chocobar team in 2013. She leads the Front of House team in ensuring excellent customer service and quality standards that Chocobar stands for.