All About Fine Chocolate by Cat Black

  • Kate Johns – Putting Chocolate firmly on the UK agenda.

    October 8, 2013

    I met up with the fine chocolate advocate to talk about some exciting news!

    Patisserie at Salon du Chocolat

    You may not have heard of Kate Johns, but if you have heard of Chocolate Week, Chocolate Unwrapped or The International Chocolate Awards you have heard of her work. Kate founded the nationwide celebration that is Chocolate Week ten years ago, and added the fine chocolate exhibition Chocolate Unwrapped three years ago. 2012 saw the first International Chocolate Awards, which she co-founded with world-renowned chocolate expert Martin Christy. So if you care about chocolate it would...

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  • The Cake & Bake Show – London 2013

    September 24, 2013

    I wouldn't have missed this cake extravaganza!

    shoes and bags, choconchoc

    Wending my way through the crowds at Earl’s Court, pulled towards one delicious confection or fabulous creation after another, I reflected that it is hard to believe that this year the Cake & Bake show was only in its second year. This grand and full immersion in all the bakery and cakery imaginable is so successful, with over 30,000 visitors in just three days, that it has the must-visit status of other hot ticket events...

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  • Ruth Hinks – UK Chocolate Master

    September 10, 2013

    A look at the World Chocolate Masters and the exceptional woman preparing to fly the UK flag at the upcoming final.

    UK Chocolate Master

    For a small elite of chocolatiers the World Chocolate Masters is a public demonstration of awe inspiring technical prowess. It is a competition that pits the reigning Chocolate Master from each of twenty countries against each other in a three-day final of intense and extraordinarily demanding tasks. Each final, which takes place once every two years, always has a theme. For this fifth Masters final in 2013 that theme is “Architecture of Taste”, and the...

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  • Eric Lanlard – Chocolat

    August 27, 2013

    It is no accident that Eric’s new book focuses on my favourite ingredient.

    eric lanlard chocolat

    Eric Lanlard, London’s adopted son and Brittany born patissier, is a leading light in the UK baking scene who pulls in the crowds for every television or live appearance he makes. He might not be the obvious choice for a piece on chocolatecouverture. But trust me, this is not just my excuse for a chance to hang out with Eric, as utterly delightful as that proved to be. (And he is wonderful company, handsome and...

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  • Fresco – Prototype Chocolate

    August 13, 2013

    A great North American bean to bar chocolate maker.

    Fresco Bars

    One of the joys of the current fine chocolate scene is a increase not only in interest, but also in the number of chocolate makers springing up all around the world. This too presents me with one of the frustrations, as even while I do get to taste many of fabulous things, at fairs, while judging, it isn’t always easy to source small makers operating across the seas. There are dedicated chocolate lovers setting the retail...

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  • Masters of French Chocolate – Patrick Roger

    July 30, 2013

    Today finds me back on the Eurostar, so an appropriate time to bring you another of my top Paris picks.

    Patrick Roger Chocolates

    Patrick Roger’s chocolate is hard to miss in Paris. He has six boutiques in the city, all of which have serious curb appeal. I love the stainless steel and glossy eau de nil. It makes a change from chocolate brown, and is a great backdrop to the undeniable beauty of his chocolates. The boutiques also play host to the astonishing works of sculpture in chocolate to which M Roger treats his customers. The displays are...

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  • The Curlew – The Chocolate Project Launches!

    July 16, 2013

    My work with a fantastic restaurant comes to its delicious fruition.

    The Chocolate Project

    Over the last few months I have been engaged in a hugely enjoyable collaboration with Andrew Scott, wonderfully talented Head Chef of Michelin starred restaurant The Curlew in Bodiam, East Sussex. I have been tweeting and writing about the work in progress, and it has been hard to contain my excitement about the project. What a thrill to hang out in Andrew’s kitchen, bring my knowledge of fine chocolate to such a receptive ear and palate,...

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  • Rococo Chocolate Tempering Masterclass with Barry Johnson

    July 2, 2013

    The Principal Chocolatier of the award-winning Rococo now runs some exemplary classes.

    Rococo Bar

    A morning spent in Rococo’s kitchens with Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson? That’ll be a yes please! It was my great pleasure recently to bring you an interview with Chantal Coady, founder and CEO of pioneering Rococo Chocolates. Rococo celebrated an admirable 30 years in March, and due to Chantal’s visionary leadership is still a leading light and going from strength to strength. Very much part of that strategy and achievement is Chantal’s appointment of the most...

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Cat Black

Cat BlackI am a food writer, with special interest in, and huge enthusiasm for, chocolate! This blog is where I get to tell you about all the wonderful tastes, events, and people I come across in the world of chocolate.

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