The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 by five of Britain’s leading chocolate professionals, united in the belief that eating fine chocolate is one of life’s great pleasures.
Academy members meet to taste, discuss, demonstrate and debate issues regarding sourcing, transparency and the journey from bean to bar. Members of the public and chocolate lovers are welcome to attend. For more information on our events, take a look at our events page.
WINNERS OF THE ACADEMY OF CHOCOLATE’S FIRST GOLDEN LEAF AWARDS CELEBRATED AT WHAT PRICE CHOCOLATE? CONFERENCE
Shelly Preston of Boutique Aromatique won the Chocolate Entrepreneur Award for taking her fine chocolate business forward in a exciting, finely balanced and significant way while meeting the AoC’s ongoing campaign for better chocolate throughout the country.
The True Innovation Award went to Paul A Young of Paul A Young Fine Chocolates and to Aneesh Popat of The Chocolatier. It rewards genuine creativity and imagination and who has consistently surprised and delighted its customers.
Earlier this year the AoC created the Mott Green Award for Social enterprise and commitment to cocoa farmers, sustainability and the use of appropriate technology as a tribute to Mott Green who died in 2013. The High Commissioner of Grenada, His Excellency Joslyn Whiteman, received Mott’s posthumous award yesterday and paid a moving tribute to his old friend, urging the 120+ Conference delegates to stand and join hands in a circle of good will in memory of Mott.
TRUE COSTS OF CHOCOLATE HIGHLIGHTED BY INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS
AT THE ACADEMY OF CHOCOLATE’S THIRD CONFERENCE
What price chocolate? was the theme of the AoC’s conference at The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London on Thursday 16th October hosted by broadcaster and journalist Simon Parkes.Topics discussed included cacao as a commodity, sustainability, ethical issues, cacao genetics, geo traceability and just what goes into the production of chocolate from the tree to the bar. As ever with the AoC, there were plenty of opportunities to meet producers and artisan chocolatiers, and to taste state- of- the-art chocolate creations.
The Academy of Chocolate Committee Sara Jayne Stanes OBE (Chairman), Sarah Jane Evans MW (Secretary), Chantal Coady OBE (Treasurer), Marc Demarquette, Marie-Pierre Moine, Clive Martyr, Amelia Rope, Christopher Reeves and Angus Thirlwell.