All About Fine Chocolate by Cat Black

  • Easter Chocolate – 2015

    March 24, 2015

    What a well informed bunny will be delivering this Easter Sunday.

    Winchester Cocoa Company eggs

    Easter is almost upon us, and this year it is going to be an eggstravagansa!! (Forgive me). The finest chocolatiers in the land have been whipping up a veritable egg storm of truly delicious things for you. Or rather for the Easter bunny to gather and send in your direction. Just make sure the bunny gets a good look at your conveniently placed computer screen, open to this page. You don't want substandard Easter offerings. There are...

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  • A chocolate dessert pilgrimage with Andrew Blas at Hotel Cafe Royal.

    March 10, 2015

    Chocolate dessert research, it's a tough job.....

    The finished dessert. Profile 66 showcased to perfection!

    There isn’t really a downside to being invited into a top pastry kitchen and being fed chocolate dessert. But when that kitchen is that of Hotel Café Royal, the gloriously renovated centre of indulgence on London’s Regent Street, and when the chef is the warm and ebullient Andrew Blas, there are many upsides. Firstly, everything about this place feels like a treat. Of course not everyone gets to while away time in the louche decadence...

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  • The Big Chocolate Tea Party in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust

    February 24, 2015

    Block out the month of May in your diary! The Big Chocolate Tea Party needs you!

    edd paul sian, sign

    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...

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  • Be My Valentine

    February 10, 2015

    A little round up of the chocolates you can send me if you want to win my heart.

    Paul A Young hamper

    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...

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  • Chocs4Chance – A uniquely worthwhile Valentines chocolate auction.

    January 26, 2015

    The bidding is open as a cast of culinary heavyweights have created special chocolates to auction for Galvin’s Chance.

    Chocs4Chance goodies

    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...

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  • Alain Ducasse – Le Chocolat-Manufacture

    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...

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  • My Top Ten for 2014

    December 30, 2014

    What floated my boat in 2014? Some old, some new, all delicious!

    Chocolate Dessert, Graham Garrett

    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....

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  • The Chocolate Festival – Christmas 2014

    December 16, 2014

    It was a very indulgent and special weekend at The Business Design Centre in London's Islington.

    Beautiful baubles from Rococo.

    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...

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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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