February 24, 2015
Block out the month of May in your diary! The Big Chocolate Tea Party needs you!
The setting was the glamorous Grosvenor House, the occasion a chocolate afternoon tea party hosted by Paul A Young and Sian Lloyd. What was not to like! It was indeed a heavenly afternoon of cakes and conversation. But the reason for the event, the message we were there to hear, has stayed with me far longer than the memory of those delicious freshly baked buttermilk scones slathered in clotted cream and Paul's salted caramel. And...Read more »
February 10, 2015
A little round up of the chocolates you can send me if you want to win my heart.
I know we all have theme fatigue, but what is life without love, and what love doesn't thrive with the odd injection of a bit of frippery. Of course, for me chocolate is always a serious business, and I am not suggesting you go for anything other than the best. However, if you know that your beloved will prefer the unadulterated, the purer statement, then have a look at the selection I collaborated on in FOUR...Read more »
January 26, 2015
The bidding is open as a cast of culinary heavyweights have created special chocolates to auction for Galvin’s Chance.
In the divinely louche surroundings of Galvin at Windows restaurant, perched above London, with breathtaking views on all sides, a culinary dream team are getting serious. When the likes of Chris Galvin, Jose Pizarro, Paul A Young, Eric Lanlard, Duck & Waffle and The Hand & Flowers are gathered together I start to get very excited. When they are all directing their energies, along with another sixty odd top UK chefs, towards making chocolates, you...Read more »
January 13, 2015
In the heart of Paris a culinary giant is taking full control of his chocolate with bean to bar production.
Entering into Le Chocolat-Manufacture de Alain Ducasse is to enter into a very special world indeed. A bean to bar chocolate maker in central Paris, where sacks of beans, their roasting, winnowing, conch, tempering and subsequent creation into a sublime range of bars, pralines and filled chocolates, is all on site. It is topped off by a boutique where the public can come and buy. Alain Ducasse’s many restaurants are supplied, as are the chocolates...Read more »
December 30, 2014
What floated my boat in 2014? Some old, some new, all delicious!
Happy New Year all! I hope you have nice plans for tomorrow night. And that 2015 starts off with a bang and lots of promise. As per usual, I wanted to bring you a brief glance back at the year with some top picks from the last 12 months of chocolate eating. There are wonderful things afoot in 2015, and I hope to share many of them with you. Chocolate makers worldwide to tell you about....Read more »
December 16, 2014
It was a very indulgent and special weekend at The Business Design Centre in London's Islington.
If you missed The Chocolate Festival, you missed out! The Business Design Centre in Islington played host to a mighty fine selection of chocolate makers, chocolatiers, hot chocolate specialists, patissiers and the like. A wondrously indulgent day out in the run up to Christmas. It's a great place to shop for Christmas. So, I hope you enjoyed it too, and if you didn't make it, note to self for next time! Here's why: [caption id="attachment_2577" align="alignnone" width="506"] Paul...Read more »
December 2, 2014
A little guidance, or temptation, as to what chocolate to go for this advent.
So, advent has begun, excitement is reaching a pitch. And if you are in charge of present buying you will be scratching your head more than usual. I've said it before, chocolate is the perfect gift! Everyone loves it, and it doesn't have to be worn, dragged out of the sideboard and put on display, read, or any of those other pesky things that unwanted presents end up forcing on you before the next time that...Read more »
November 18, 2014
As I look towards Christmas I will start with that classy French act who bring us an annual masterclass in festive chocolate.
La Maison du Chocolat sets a global standard for excellent fine chocolates. Since 1977, when Robert Linxe opened the first Paris shop, there has been attention to detail and a real love of fine chocolate at the core. They now have a worldwide presence, with shops across France, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. I was not without nerves when I prepared for my day at their atelier...Read more »
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