I affectionately call Raffaella Baruzzo “La Donna Cioccolata” – you can probably guess what that means. About three years ago, whilst working at Orrery in Marylebone, I was first introduced to her by a colleague. She cut her teeth working for Chantal Coady as Sales Director for Rococo Chocolates. She also went on to work for Galler, another chocolate company, who has a range available at Harrods amongst other places. This year, it was time to cut the apron strings and Raffaella made the brave move to launch her own eponymous brand of chocolates. She is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate people I have ever met, who has chosen to specialise their profession in chocolate. She has a very determined character, charming personality, sharp business brain and goes about everything with such professionalism. Behind those Italian good looks, immaculately-dressed, with an enigmatic smile reminiscent of certain masterpiece by Leonardo, there is a wonderful smart lady. In fact, her attention to detail and relentless efforts she makes with each and every step, sets her apart from her peers. The product of her hard work and artistic genius is the stroke of a genuine maestro and not a fake.
Rafaella is an alumna of Rococo Chocolates. You can see more about her current enterprise at http://www.baruzzo.co.uk/