September 10, 2013
A look at the World Chocolate Masters and the exceptional woman preparing to fly the UK flag at the upcoming final.
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...Read more »
August 27, 2013
It is no accident that Eric’s new book focuses on my favourite ingredient.
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...Read more »
August 13, 2013
A great North American bean to bar chocolate maker.
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...Read more »
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’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...Read more »
July 16, 2013
My work with a fantastic restaurant comes to its delicious fruition.
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,...Read more »
July 2, 2013
The Principal Chocolatier of the award-winning Rococo now runs some exemplary classes.
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...Read more »
June 18, 2013
Put simply, I love Friis Holm’s chocolate, and you will too.
When Mikkel Friis Holm took to the stage at Chocolate Unwrapped he left no one in any doubt how he felt about chocolate. He was at pains to emphasize the pleasure and the sensuality that chocolate’s unique cocktail of flavours and texture bring. He was cheeky and light-hearted in his presentation of his own glorious wares. His joy and jolly demeanour are not a stage act; his is genuinely infused with enthusiasm and delight for...Read more »
June 4, 2013
My interview with Mott from late April, published now in his memory.
David Friedman, known to all as Mott Green, was one of a kind, that rare individual who through his purity of vision and dynamism, created something quite exceptional. Both with his chocolate and in his person Mott touched and inspired all who met him. It is with shock and deep sadness that I learnt of his untimely death. Waking on Sunday to the news was surreal, and the absolute tragedy of his loss is profound. His...Read more »
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Desert Island Chocolate
I ask the great and the good which chocolate they couldn’t possibly live without…
‘Definitely some cacao beans because I love eating them. I’ll take a marble slab and some tools with me to be able to make chocolate on the island. And I think I would take some of my lemon chocolates and an 88% Tenor.’
Chocolate maker Zartpralinen
“Well obviously it would be Green & Blacks, probably Maya Gold. Every time I go back to it I think it is genius.”
Founder – Green & Blacks
“I love the single origin, the Madifirolo, the one from Cocoa Barry. I love it for its fruity, passion fruit and citrus flavour.”
Chocolate Master, Bake Off Creme Winner
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