October 25, 2018
I hopped on the Eurostar to help reigning UK Chocolate Master Barry as he prepares for next week's World Chocolate Masters bid.
Good friend: “Would you come to Paris for the day with me to taste chocolate?” My answer: Well, what do you think my answer was! In this instance the good friend was none other than Barry Johnson, current reigning UK and Ireland Chocolate Master. And the trip had to do with his bid for the World Chocolate Masters title. The World Chocolate Masters, a competition that pits the regional masters from 20 countries against one another,...Read more »
September 25, 2018
Fifth Dimension's Albert & Russell answer my questions about how they make their wonderful chocolates and what inspires them.
Fifth Dimension, multi award-winning British chocolatiers, create beautiful things. They use fresh well sourced and created flavours in their ganaches, and well matched fine couverture. Their diverse, sometimes surprising, but always interesting flavours, represent the eclectic well-travelled tastes of Albert Chau and Russell Pullan, collectively the brains and talent behind a brand well worth seeking out. I managed to grab a moment of their precious time to answer my questions. Albert and Russell, I have been...Read more »
January 9, 2018
What stood out for me last year?
Happy New Year all! I hope 2018 has begun well for you, and that you are sufficiently far away from the excesses of Christmas to have regained a bit of appetite. You will be hungry after reading my list of the best of 2017. It was tough year globally, but a fine year for chocolate creativity. Perhaps the two are linked. I am sure we need the comfort and joy of chocolate more than ever. So...Read more »
December 6, 2017
Chocolate news and recommendations for your Christmas shopping.
It has been an exceptional year for chocolate. My top ten of the year will be posted in a few weeks, and never has it been harder to choose. At this time, I usually post a Christmas shopping guide. And that is what this post is, mostly. But I also wanted to let you know what has been happening during the 2017 chocolate season. Plus, as a little early Christmas present, I'm including a wonderful...Read more »
October 31, 2017
The nights are drawing in. You know you need hot chocolate!
Over the past couple of years the name Knoops has been mentioned to me multiple times, commanding attention thanks to the hushed and reverential tones in which it was spoken. Down in Kent, where I live, and neighbouring East Sussex, where Knoops is located, this hot chocolate bar has been causing a happy kind of stir. When conversations turn to chocolate, which I find they often do, ‘Knoops’ is uttered like a prize secret. But...Read more »
October 3, 2017
Bringing you the very best in exciting new chocolate!
I am not much of a traveller, preferring to keep my feet on the ground, and sleep in my own bed. I know, how dull! But even I can turn travel-hound when chocolate calls. And especially when I have a chance to meet, and taste the creations of, new and exciting makers. At last year's Hannover Chocolate Festival I met, and fell for the charms of, the wonderful Zart Pralinen. Partners in life, love of...Read more »
September 5, 2017
There is a new captain at the helm of this fine afternoon tea spot. I went to investigate.
It is the beginning of September. There is no getting away from the fact that the holidays are over, and we begin the inexorable slide into colder, darker days. I say embrace it! And the way to do so is enjoy the city, enjoy the season of parties, treats and feasts. In that spirit there is no better time to take afternoon tea. With dark afternoons we want to feast earlier, and we want the...Read more »
July 4, 2017
Here is my review of chocolate supremo Mark Tilling’s new book.
There are recipe books aplenty hitting the shelves, but when a new one launches by Mark Tilling, entitled Mastering Chocolate, I prick up my ears. Mark has serious chocolate pedigree, as you will know if you read my account of attending one of his famous classes. He is a two time UK Chocolate Master, two time competitor at The World Chocolate Masters, ranking 7th on his second attempt, at the time the highest ever UK ranking....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
Things I'm loving
This new tasting pack combines four of the most interesting and delicious bars around.
A punchy bar combines spice and smoke with a fruity A. Morin chocolate.
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