About Rina Kamkhagi and the rise of Mostly Chocolate
The love of food is something that was instilled in Rina from a very young age. Growing up in her native Lebanon, her fondest memories are of her and her mother cooking in the kitchen, a daily routine. Anyone who is familiar with Lebanese food and pastries knows that patience is a virtue. Rina inherited her mother’s patience and dedication and quickly became a whiz in the kitchen. Every recipe she attempted was a crowd pleaser. However, she never thought that food would become her livelihood. It was a passion, a hobby, but a simple experiment changed everything.
Thanksgiving 2004, Rina was craving one of her childhood desserts, a chocolate filled with pistachio paste in between two pecan halves. She couldn’t find it anywhere in Houston so she decided to try and make it herself. She found a recipe and attempted it and as always, her attempt was successful. She shared the chocolates with some friends and they were blown away. They had never tasted anything like it and were convinced that she needed to do this for real! One of her friends that tasted that infamous chocolate begged her to make them as party favors for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. After lots of coercing, she decided to do it. From there the orders began to roll in and she hasn’t stopped since and Mostly Chocolate was born.
Feeling the need to learn more, Rina took a few courses at the HCC with a local Houston chef and chocolatiere, Ana Gomes. She also attended the Chocolate Academy in Sainte Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, with world-renowned chocolatier, Christophe Morel. After her schooling, Rina began to hone her skills and develop the confidence to attempt more difficult and challenging confections. Almost 7 years later, her scope has expanded to desserts and sweet tables as well as catering for private and corporate events. Rina continues to surprise everyone with delicious and inventive creations and her chocolates are in demand worldwide.
And so the love affair continues, filling each day with uniquely delightful moments. I would like nothing better than to share them with you.