All About Fine Chocolate by Cat Black

  • Zart Pralinen – Austria’s award winning bean to bar chocolate maker

    October 3, 2017

    Bringing you the very best in exciting new chocolate!

    Zart Pralinen bars

    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...

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  • Andrew Gravett’s Afternoon Tea at The Langham Hotel, London

    September 5, 2017

    There is a new captain at the helm of this fine afternoon tea spot. I went to investigate.

    Cake stand

    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...

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  • Mastering Chocolate – Mark Tilling

    July 4, 2017

    Here is my review of chocolate supremo Mark Tilling’s new book.

    Books

    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....

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  • R Chocolate – a chocolate afternoon tea

    April 25, 2017

    A new chocolatier from Evelyn de Rothschild using Original Beans chocolate.

    tea plus trifle

    A new chocolatier opened in London last October. And when that happens it is my job to investigate. The brainchild of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, realised with Ben Elliot and Jessica de Rothschild, R Chocolate certainly means business – opening with shops in Belgravia and Richmond, plus a full compliment of seasonal collections, patisserie, workshops and events. There is the planning and backing here that has allowed the brand to launch all guns blazing, and...

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  • Easter Chocolates – 2017

    April 4, 2017

    For charm and deliciousness, look no further for your Easter chocolates!

    J Cocoa mini-eggs

    2017 has been a bit of a whirlwind so far for me, with the result that I was slightly incredulous when the Easter chocolates started to appear. Really? It was Christmas last week, surely? I wasn't sure I was ready for another flurry of rich food and present giving. But it is testament to the truly delightful creativity of the UK's chocolate makers and chocolatiers that as soon as their Easter treats started to arrive...

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  • The International Chocolate Awards 2017 kicks off in Brussels

    February 28, 2017

    Brussels was fun! Here is an account of my visit to the Belgian capital for the judging.

    Brussels

    As the Eurostar pulled out of Brussels Midi station I reflected back on four packed days in Belgium’s capital. I had been judging the Belgian round of The International Chocolate Awards 2017, the first heat of the year. 2016 was an exceptional year for the Awards, with record numbers of chocolate makers, chocolatiers and products entered. And boy were there wonderful things among them! [caption id="attachment_3428" align="alignnone" width="480"] As well as chocolate, there are waffles everywhere...

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  • Chocs for Chance 2017

    January 27, 2017

    A chance to get your hands on seriously exclusive chocolates!

    Chocs for Chance chefs line up from 2016.

    I hope you are all well, that you have had a good start to 2017. Forgive me if I repeat myself, but it is my job to remind you of the annual Chocs for Chance auction - which goes live today! Chocs for Chance is an auction of absolutely exclusive chocolates, in aid of Galvin's Chance charity. Galvin's Chance truly changes lives, by giving disadvantaged young people opportunities to train for a career in the hospitality industry....

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  • My Top Ten from 2016

    January 4, 2017

    I hope you have all had a chocolate filled festive season. Here's to 2017!

    Peter Svenningsen - Choconord

    Happy New Year all! So 2016 is over. Forgive my belated post; before posting I needed a moment to ruminate on a year that has been challenging in many ways. But there were some wonderful things about last year, despite all the rest of it. And as we say goodbye to a challenging year, and look to 2017, let's also look back at some small but lovely pleasures from the last twelve months. As usual I...

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Cat Black

Cat BlackI am a food writer, with special interest in, and huge enthusiasm for, chocolate! This blog is where I get to tell you about all the wonderful tastes, events, and people I come across in the world of chocolate.

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