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Having influence is not about elevating one's self, but about lifting others and mentoring them through inspiration.

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CHEF ALAIN ROBY of GENEVA | Meet All Chocolate Kitchen's Award-Winning Owner & Chef Extraordinaire

Chef Alain Roby, All Chocolate Kitchen, Local Influential-Chicago


This Guinness World Record Holder, Pastry Chef of the Year and Food Network Favorite Is Giving Back to St. Jude's Through a 5K Event Hosted Annually by His Popular Chocolate Business

GENEVA–Internationally acclaimed pastry chef Alain Roby of Geneva’s All Chocolate Kitchen is raising awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with his annual Ooh La La Chocolate 5k.

“We have a strong passion for giving back to our community and beyond,” Chef Roby says. “We found St Jude to be an organization that is leading the fight against childhood cancer with cutting edge research and treatment and we were truly moved by this. We feel that no family should ever have to worry about paying hospital bills for their child’s treatment or worry about food, housing, and travel.” The hardest part of organizing a successful 5K was making sure that they had a professional race company to assist with the event and they were lucky enough to find Mary Agnes Zellmer, founder of Chicago Race Management.

Chef Alain Roby of the All Chocolate Kitchen was named the 2013 Pastry Chef of the Year by the Chicago Culinary Museum. As an award-winner, Roby was recently inducted into their Chef Hall of Fame. Chef Roby is the only pastry chef to hold three Guinness World Records for his creations of the World's Tallest Cooked Sugar Building, the World's Tallest Chocolate Sculpture, and the World’s Longest Candy Cane. Chef Roby studied and learned his culinary art in Paris from the world famous Pastry Chef Lenotre.

His work has been featured in Food & Wine, Gourmet, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home and Veranda as well as on The Learning Channel and Food Network's Extreme Pastry and Sugar Rush shows. He has been highlighted on three Food Network specials: Unwrapped with Mark Summers, Mystery Birthday Cakes, and The World's Tallest Sugar Building. Chef Roby has served as a celebrity chef for the Celebrity Chef Tour in Chicago and has been the head pastry chef at the NFL Commissioner's Super Bowl Party for the past 19 years.

Before opening A.C.K., Chef Roby worked as the Corporate Executive Pastry Chef for a major hotel corporation for 24 years. He is the author of the cookbook, “Alain Roby’s American Classics: Casual and Elegant Desserts,” an editor’s “Top Ten” pick by The Food Channel. A.C.K. guests have complimentary access to Chef Roby’s famous chocolate creations, including a 23-foot-tall all chocolate enchanted tree; a retired 700 lb. sculpture of Neil Armstrong in an astronaut suit, that was featured on the Food Network and the Learning Channel; and a life-size, 650 lb. white chocolate image of Blackhawks player, Eddie Olczyk.


"All Chocolate Kitchen has taken the great pastries and chocolate recipes from Europe and brought them to your own back yard in Geneva, IL to create an unforgettable experience for guests. We offer the best of the best when it comes to the food items we make. From homemade truffles and sugar blown items to life-size chocolate statues displayed around the store, ACK shares its passion for chocolate and pastries with everyone that walks through the door." – Chef Alain Roby


  • Chocolate Truffles

  • Chocolate Sculptures

  • Wedding Cakes and Any Occasion Cakes

  • Gelato

  • Sugar Art

  • Gourmet Coffee


"My advice to future business owners is to have a true passion and commitment to what you are doing and stick to it. Be prepared to give 150% of your time to what you do and keep your passion alive to get the ultimate result."

–Chef Alain Roby


  • 2013 Pastry Chef of the Year for the Chicago Culinary Museum

  • Guinness World Record Holder for Longest Candy Cane

  • Guinness World Record Holder for World’s Tallest Cooked Sugar Building

  • Guinness World Record Holder for World’s Tallest Chocolate Sculpture


All Chocolate Kitchen

33 South Third Street

Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-2395


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