In Oct 2010, Laurent was the unanimous winner of the Noval LBV Trophy 2010, with his elegant oblong of mixed red berry pate de fruit above a raspberry dark chocolate ganache, coated in dark chocolate decorated with a rainbow of stripes. In the words of one judge “the supple red fruit highlighted the port’s intensity, with the chocolate providing a soothing richness – just like the Noval Late Bottled Vintage.” Of his award Laurent commented: “I am very happy to be working in chocolate and at Rococo there are plenty of opportunities to be creative. London is a very challenging city, where chocolate making has become highly competitive in the last three years. So winning a Trophy like this is not only a great surprise, but also gives me great satisfaction to be able to prove myself. “
I’ve only ever tried Laurent’s ganaches at an Academy of Chocolate tasting event, even though the heat in the room was excessive and I was getting over a cold I thought they were still fantastic. When I’ve worked through my chocolate collection I’ll purchase some to review properly.
I expect Laurent has a great deal of impact into their flavoured bars which I think are wonderful as well as his novelty chocolate creations such as the Hazelnut Quail’s Eggs and the Jersey New Potatoes & Fresh Mint.
Rococo always have all the main chocolate events such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s covered with fantastically original, beautiful and utterly gorgeous chocolates. They also do a wide range of chocolates for Fathers’ Day, Mother’s Day and Halloween. I’d say they’d be the first place I’d go to if I wanted to buy delicious chocolate art for people that matter to me. I just wish I had more time to indulge myself in their creations.