It’s Barry Johnson’s first year at the Academy of Chocolate awards as our Principal Chocolatier and 3 of our 4 golds this year (we won 7 awards in total) come from his new collection, a great result. Here he is with Clare (assistant chocolatier) and one of their certificates, looking rather happy.
The award ceremony last night was a great chance to catch up with and celebrate our fellow chocolatiers. The awards were given out after champagne and canapés, and the ceremony was followed by a tasting of many of the award winners. It’s a hard life, isn’t it?
We’ve said before how exciting it is to be part of the UK’s developing chocolate scene, and every year the standard of entries for the awards gets higher. Barry’s favourite chocolates last night were a honeyed, hand-blended chai chocolate from Boutique Aromatique that had an incredible texture, and Cowarth Park Hotel’s Spekuloos, Orange and Tonka that had a lovely crispy texture from the biscuits and a beautiful blend of flavours.
We’d also like to send congratulations to the winners of this year’s special award winners, who included Paul A Young, William Curley and Angus Thirlwell.