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News in brief: A pop-up in Hackney and a vacancy at Bettys

For one night only...

East London will be the setting for a one night pop-up Chocolate restaurant this weekend.

The Cocoa Club presents a funky taste experience for you to indulge in a three-course meal cooked with hints of dark chocolate. Going back to the roots of chocolate, the Cocoa Club gives you the opportunity to taste savoury home made food with a chocolate twist in a relaxed East London venue on Saturday night.

Jeremy Wickremer from chocolate partner for the project, Ubuntu, says: "We'll be in Hackney for one night only before moving on to Hamburg. We're also running a photo competition on the night for best chocolate themed photo."

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Chocolate & Pattisserie Manager sought

Renowned Yorkshire family business Bettys is looking for a Chocolate and Pattisserie Manager. The successful applicant may find themselves travelling to faraway places in search of the finest cocoa beans, visiting prestigious chocolatiers across Europe and eating lots of the world’s finest chocolate and exquisite patisserie all day, every day.

Caroline Grant, Bakery General Manager at Bettys Craft Bakery, says: "We are searching for an outstanding craftsperson and manager to step into the shoes of our founder, Frederick Belmont, a most gifted Swiss master chocolatier and confectioner.

“The new manager will have sound expertise in working with chocolate and cakes and the leadership skills to head up our teams of chocolatiers and confectioners. As Bettys fame for fine handmade chocolates and cakes continues to grow internationally through our expanding online shop, the successful applicant will be helping to inspire new delights for our discerning customers while maintaining Frederick’s exacting high standards and attention to detail. As well as developing our capability to achieve future growth, the new manager will be responsible for setting, managing and achieving budgets and driving continuous improvement.”

Working between chocolate and patisserie at the very heart of Bettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate, the successful applicant will also deliver chocolate making courses at the neighbouring Bettys Cookery School and work with professional bodies such as The Academy of Culinary Arts. Caroline Grant added: “As an employer, Bettys has earned a reputation for being a family business that people are proud to work for. We really value our people and the personal skills, experience and qualities that they bring. Staff tend to stay with us for a long time. We offer an attractive profit share bonus paying quarterly throughout the year, free meals at work, generous staff discounts, excellent in house training and exciting career development opportunities as well.

The contact email address for applicants is Bettys.Hr@bettysandtaylors.co.uk

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Fritz Bützer, who changed his name to Frederick Belmont when he settled in Harrogate, learned to become a confectioner and chocolatier while travelling through Switzerland and France. In 1919, he opened Betty's Tea Room in the Yorkshire town which has since become an institution. The company still makes and sells a wide range of chocolates using the finest Swiss Grand Cru.

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