Chocolate Tasting In London 30th June

Red Star Chocolate - Duffy’s Corazon del Ecuador – 72% dark chocolate

So, this is my first official chocolate tasting with others. After working through a couple of hundred bars of chocolate in the past year or so and with another hundred lined up I’ve finally managed to book up for a chocolate tasting event in London after the wonderful Kate of Nudge PR fame gave me a … er …. nudge about the event next week. After working out if I could get time away from a busy client week to attend, I booked up the train tickets and said I’ll go. So here’s the publicity information about the event with my comments in yellow. I hope you chocolate lovers can attend!

The Academy of Chocolate and Slow Food are collaborating to bring you a very special chocolate tasting evening featuring some of London’s best chocolate shops along with the UK’s new artisan chocolate producer. Each will be guiding you through the art of tasting fine chocolate and sampling their unique creations.

This is an exciting time in the UK chocolate industry, over the past few years London has become a chocolate destination with a group of artisan chocolatiers opening up chocolate shops and creating world class chocolates. The evening will include tastings from:

  • William Curley, winner of the Academy’s best chocolatier award for 3 years running, has two shops, his first is in Richmond and he has recently opened a second in Belgravia. www.williamcurley.co.uk – I loved his shop in Belgravia. It was very relaxing, very clean and the people were friendly. More importantly the pastries were divine!
  • Paul a Young – Paul has two shops in Islington and The Royal Exchange and is known for his cutting edge creativity. Paul published his first book ‘Adventures with Chocolate’ late last year and went on to win Best Chocolate Book in the World at the Gourmand Book Awards in Paris. www.paulayoung.co.uk – I’m not entirely sure there’s a more open, friendly and fantastic person in the industry as Paul. His ganaches, truffles, rocher are fantastic too. But don’t mention the brownies – if they’re exceptional!
  • Chantal Coady of Rococo opened her first chocolate shop on the Kings Road in 1983 and led the way in terms of improving Londoners tastes in chocolate. Chantal now has 3 shops and exports her wonderful chocolates all over the World. www.rococochocolates.com – Rococo chocolates fantastically imaginative. You can choose chocolate new potatoes, strange chocolate fish, a chocolate crocodile … do these people need to have a word with someone in a white coat?
  • Duffy Sheardown is one of only two artisan chocolate producers in the UK, the other being Willie Harcourt Cooze of Channel 4’s Willies Wonky Chocolate factory fame. Duffy is producing fantastic quality chocolate from his micro chocolate factory in Lincolnshire and will be guiding you through the art of making chocolate from the bean. This is an exclusive opportunity to taste Duffy’s chocolate before it’s launched. www.redstarchocolate.co.uk – Duffy is new to the world of chocolate and he’s taking on the whole process of bean to bar himself. Kudos to him too as I love his chocolate, especially the 72% Ecuador Dark Chocolate and I’ve still got a couple more bars of his to review.

The Academy of Chocolate was set up in 2005 to encourage consumers to look beyond the label and improve the standard and knowledge of chocolate in the UK. This is a unique opportunity to taste the best chocolate available in the country, meet some of the most high profile people in the chocolate industry and find out more about this wonderful food.

Venue: The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, W1

Tickets: £20 for Slow Food members, £25 for non-members

All tickets must be pre-booked and paid for in advance, please e-mail:kate@nudgepr.co.uk to book your place and for payment details.

Further information here: http://slowfoodlondon.blogs.com/

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