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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.


Academy of Chocolate Golden Leaf Awards

The Academy of Chocolate has launched the first Golden Leaf Awards as a way of expressing our message by rewarding the personalities who create some of the finest chocolates in the world. Nominations are now closed and the winners will be announced at the Academy of Chocolate Conference on Thursday 16th October at The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London.

The Academy of Chocolate Conference, ‘What price chocolate?’, will be hosted by Simon Parkes, broadcaster and journalist. We will be pooling the thoughts of global experts on everything that contributes to the price we pay – or should pay – for chocolate. For more information please click here.


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.