Chocolatier > Chocolatier Interviews

In our interviews with the leading chocolatiers in the UK, we try to understand what motivates them to create the best chocolate around. Please enjoy our interviews with chocolatiers and others in the chocolate industry below.

Laurent Gerbaud portrait

The World of Artisan Belgian Chocolate – Meet Laurent Gerbaud

July 24 2013

The phrase ‘Belgian chocolate’ is widely used as a marketing term in Britain nowadays. While originally used as a stamp of quality,  it is now  just as likely to conjure up a mental image of mass-produced, over-sweet Belgian truffles.  It was to combat this preconception that London-dwelling Belgian Michele Fajtmann, of creative event company From My City, brought over artisan Belgian chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud to London. “Chocolate has always been […]

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Kate Johns – The Great Chocolate Communicator

July 2 2013

Known to many food journalists through her highly-respected PR agency Nudge PR, which she founded in 2004, Kate Johns has been a leading player in creating Britain’s now vibrant quality chocolate scene. Much of Kate’s work has been behind-the-scenes, using her communication skills, considerable organisational flair and drive, as well as her impressive contacts book, to promote chocolate. A naturally modest person, Kate herself has rather stayed out of the […]

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Alexeeva & Jones shop front small visits Alexeeva & Jones

March 20 2013

The arrival of a new chocolate shop is always to be welcomed. London’s Notting Hill is now home to Alexeeva & Jones, a distinctly upmarket chocolate shop founded by Gareth Jones and his wife Natalia Alexeeva, which opened in October 2012. “The inspiration for this shop was that I’ve always liked very nice chocolate!” explains Gareth simply. Having developed a taste for visiting individual chocolatiers’ shops while living in Paris, […]

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Interview: Barry Johnson, Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier

March 7 2013

Photograph: James Murphy Barry Johnson, Rococo’s new Principal Chocolatier, is a man with plans and projects. Having just completed his first “very busy” year at Rococo taking over from his predecessor Laurent Couchaux (during which time production of fresh chocolates has doubled), Johnson wants some of his ideas for the company to take shape; “I see this as my year to be more forward looking, less reactive.” Incidentally, 2013 is […]

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Tony Mycock, MD of HB Ingredients

Interview: Tony Mycock, MD of HB Ingredients

February 21 2013

When looking at chocolates, we take in the presentation, the chocolatier’s name and then our thoughts turns quickly to the little shapes, their flavour and the promise of delights to come. At that stage, very few people think about the origin of cocoa and definitely none of us consider the distribution. But how do the ingredients get to the chocolate factory? spoke with Tony Mycock, co-founder with wife Kath […]

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Damian Allsop and Anna Hernandez Piferrer

Love and Chocolate

February 14 2013

Chocolate and romance are now inextricably linked together in the popular imagination. Sales of chocolate soar in preparation for today, Valentine’s Day, as people purchase chocolate tokens of their affection for their significant others. Intriguingly, the world of chocolate is filled with couples working together. William Curley and his Japanese wife Suzue met while they were both working as patissiers at The Savoy and set up William Curley, their own […]

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