May 5, 2015
The inspiring and determined fine flavour cacao champion sheds some light on the state of the world's cocoa farming.
At The Chocolate Festival at the end of last year I was talking to Xoco founder Frank Homann, about the future of cacao and in particular fine flavour varieties. As always I found him passionate and eloquent about this little understood resource. He has made it his life’s work to try and identify and nurture fine and heritage cacao varieties, and provide them direct to chocolate makers. The results of his labour is now to...Read more »
April 21, 2015
If you needed any further reason to make Rococo your home from home, their new tasting menu is it!
At the back of that chocolate lovers paradise, Rococo Chocolates boutique on Motcomb street, is a small but perfectly formed café. It is the ideal excuse to stay longer, to contemplate your potential purchases, to breathe in the oh-so-tempting air. It is a lovely spot, if the weather is fine enough you can bask in the quirky beauty of the MaRococo secret garden, if not you can still enjoy the view of it from the...Read more »
March 24, 2015
What a well informed bunny will be delivering this Easter Sunday.
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...Read more »
March 10, 2015
Chocolate dessert research, it's a tough job.....
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...Read more »
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 »
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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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This new tasting pack combines four of the most interesting and delicious bars around.
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