Merage family

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The Merage Family
Current regionUnited States
Place of originIran
Estate(s)Orange County, California

The Merage family /məˈrɑː/ is a wealthy Iranian Jewish family residing in Orange County, California.[1] In 2004 the Merage Jewish Community Center[2] opened in Irvine, California; the center was named after the Merage Family and serves the needs of Orange County.

David and Paul Merage[3] co-founded Chef America Inc. where they created the popular microwavable snack, Hot Pockets, in the early 1980s. The brothers later sold the Chef America Inc. company to Nestlé for $2.6 billion.[4] Hot Pockets were manufactured in Englewood, Colorado, Chef America's former headquarters, until moving its business to the rest of Nestlé's frozen business in Solon, Ohio.[5]


  1. ^ Jewish Journal: "Photo Essay: L.A.’s Iranian Jews repaying Alliance’s generosity" by Karmel Melamed November 2, 2008
  2. ^ "Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, California". Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Meet Our Leaders". Shaping the Future of Global Leaders. University of California, Irvine. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Special Lecture by David Merage, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Chef America". MIT. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Nestle to Move HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® Business to Ohio". Solon, Ohio, US: PR Newswire. February 6, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013.