Owner, Chocolatier & Chief Mad Scientist
Phil Simonson began his career as a Special Education teacher at the School for the Deaf in Wisconsin, transitioned to working in corporate America for 13 years, and then decided to leave it all behind for a life making delicious treats inspired by chocolate.
It all started when Simonson created some chocolate treats for friends and family. The truffles became so popular and it became evident that other people should be able to enjoy his one-of-a-kind creations. That sparked the idea to open Chocolate Lab. Simonson agreed to share his self-taught creative culinary endeavors with the rest of the world, opening Chocolate Lab in Denver in 2010.
Now, Simonson dedicates himself to his “lab” full-time, creating new unique and delicious flavor combinations. His specialty is incorporating savory taste profiles in his truffles, such as salt and pepper, drunken onion, and Jamon Serrano and Manchego Cheese, with over 250 combinations created so far.
In 2017, Simonson added a restaurant and bar to his chocolate shop, allowing him to expand his out-of-the-chocolate-box thinking even further, offering a fantastic and fun lunch, dinner and cocktail menu in addition to his truffles, seven days a week.
From the time I was a child and working with my grandmother in the kitchen I knew I wanted to own a restaurant.