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The Academy of Chocolate: Championing Fine Chocolate

January 29 2013

One of the undoubted highlights of the chocolate calendar in the UK last year was the Academy of Chocolate’s Conference, held in November 2012 in the stately surroundings of the RAC Club in London. The day-long event saw, to coin a phrase, ‘the ganache de la ganache’ of the chocolate world gather together to discuss a wide-ranging set of issues from child labour in the cocoa industry and cocoa genetics […]

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Here comes Chocolate Week 2012!

September 26 2012

An annual highlight in the UK world of chocolate, Chocolate Week (October 8-14) offers a chance for chocolate enthusiasts to come together across the country,  learn more about fine chocolate, meet leading chocolatiers and – of course – enjoy chocolate tastings galore! Culminating in the Chocolate Unwrapped chocolate show in London’s Covent Garden, events during chocolate week range from ‘Choc Tales from Dean Street’ – an innovative chocolate and cocktail […]

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Chocolate Tasting the Valrhona Way

May 23 2012

The Academy of Chocolate, as founder and Chairman Sara Jayne Stanes explained to me, “was founded in 2005 for educational purposes, to teach people how to distinguish between chocolate and chocolate confectionary and explore the long journey from bean to bar.” With this is mind, as well as its annual Conference, the Academy of Chocolate holds a number of events throughout the year. It was one such Academy of Chocolate […]

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Chocolatiers celebrate at Academy of Chocolate Awards party

May 19 2011

Leading chocolatiers from around the world gathered together in the elegant surroundings of Fortnum and Mason’s, London, last night for the celebratory Academy of Chocolate Awards party – the UK’s chocolate equivalent of the Oscars. Ever since it was founded in 2005, the Academy, in the words of its founder Sara Jayne-Stanes, “has sought to educate people about the difference between real chocolate and chocolate confectionary full of sugar”. Sarah […]

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