Chocolate Futures – An Evening with Emily Readett Bayley and Chantal Coady


Tuesday 6th November 2018  6.30-8pm

L’Escargot, 44 Greek Street, London W1D 4DF

A revolutionary approach to Cocoa in Bali & Indonesia
For the last 30 years Emily has divided her time between the UK & Bali, in recent years becoming aware of the plight of small cocoa growers there: small fry, at the mercy of the Global commodity markets.
Chocolate Futures is about taking power away from big tobacco and commodity traders, creating a virtuous circular economy where value is added, the land and
eco-systems are protected for future generations and small bean to bar makers can connect to the grass roots of their supply chain, using crowdfunding to build awareness and an bigger audience.
The rewards will be tangible, healthy and delicious…

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite
Members’ tickets: £10
Non Members’ tickets: £15
Dinner £40
Alternatively please email Rosanna;

AoC Conference 2018 – A World Without Chocolate

A World Without Chocolate

9.30am – 7pm Friday 5th October 2018
The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London

Can you imagine a World Without Chocolate?  The Academy of Chocolate wants you to take action before it’s too late. Join us for a memorable and exciting day with a morning of chocolate apocalypse and an afternoon dedicated to the celebration of great chocolate.  There will be an opportunity to meet global experts, cacao and chocolate producers; to watch master chocolatier demonstrations and to sample AoC Golden Bean Award winning chocolates. 

Experts from the world of chocolate, amongst them artisans and global producers, include Bertil Akesson (Akesson’s Chocolate); Susana Cardenas (Cardenas Chocolate);Isobel Carse (Dormouse); Chantal Coady OBE (Rococo); Robin Dand (Robin Dand); Nicko Debenham (Barry Callebaut); Marc Demarquette (Demarquette Chocolates); Sarah Jane Evans MW (AoC); Bill Guyton (formerly World Cocoa Foundation now Executive Director of the FCIA); Paul Hadley (Reading University); Robert Harrison (Barry Callebaut); Doug Hawkins (Agronomy Capital Advisors); Frank Homann (Xoco); Tony Lass MBE (Global Supply Expert); Samuel Maruta (Marou); Marie-Pierre Moine (AoC); Laurent Pipitone (formerly ICCO); Christopher Reeves (AoC); Duffy Sheardown (Duffy’s Chocolate); Chris Sibthorpe (Eponine); Sara Jayne Stanes OBE (AoC); Deanna Tilston (Tosier);HM Oloni Thompson; Pam Thornton (Amajaro); Angus Thirlwell (Hotel Chocolat); Simon Wright (AoC); Paul A Young (paul.a.young.)

Hosted by Simon Parkes, Broadcaster,Journalist and Chocolate Lover

The Academy of Chocolate conference is aimed at all levels of knowledge; whether you already have a chocolate business, are starting a chocolate company or just love chocolate, this one day event will appeal.

Your ticket includes a full day of topical chocolate sessions, Q&A, lunch, refreshments, and lots of chocolate.

Tickets cost £150; Members’ price £75

Email Rosanna to book

Or via Eventbrite

Healthy Chocolate Conversation with Professor Baukje de Roos

Healthy Chocolate Conversation

Wednesday 11th October 2017
The Sloane Club
52 Lower Sloane St, Chelsea, London SW1W 8BS

Hoorah – it is official. Chocolate is good for us! Come and be part of the healthy chocolate conversation with Professor Baukje de Roos and the Academy of Chocolate. The evening’s conversation will end with a tasting of the Academy of Chocolate Awards Golden Bean’s Chocolate Madagascar 100%.

Professor Baukje de Roos is Deputy Director of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen and has held several major studies on the health effects of chocolate. These health effects have been ascribed, in part, to a non-essential but potentially bioactive secondary metabolites in cocoa called flavonoids. Levels of flavonoids are high in dark chocolate with a high cocoa content which can help to determine how regular consumption of flavonoid rich cocoa products or dark chocolate can influence blood pressure which is the main modifiable risk for heart
disease. (However, promotion of chocolate as a health food is currently difficult because so many commercial confectionery products contain high fat and sugar).
Neil Kelsall is Director of Chocolate Madagascar whose chocolate has consistently featured in the Academy of Chocolate Awards and this year not only won a number of golds but also the coveted Golden Bean.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite
Members’ tickets: £10
Non Members’ tickets: £15
Alternatively please email Rosanna;

Talking Heads with Craig Sams and Brandt Maybury, Tuesday 26th November 2013 – 6.30pm-8.30pm

Talking Heads with Craig Sams and Brandt Maybury

The story of Green & Black’s and the evolution of chocolate cultivation compered by Simon Parkes

followed by a double-treat tasting of Green & Black’s and Rococo chocolates 

Tuesday 26th November 2013  6.30pm – 8.30pm

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

The Academy of Chocolate is proud to present an evening
with the founder of ground-breaking chocolate brand Green & Black’s, Craig Sams, in conversation with Brandt Maybury, Green & Black’s Taste Specialist. Simon Parkes, award winning broadcaster and one of BBC Radio 4’s most familiar voices, will compere the session asking, among other things, whether organic smallholding production, ethical trading, widely affordable pricing and great taste can still form a feasible – and sustainable – combination.

No Academy of Chocolate evening is complete without a serious chocolate tasting. In addition to enjoying some Green & Black’s bars, we will have an opportunity to taste Award-winning filled chocolates, introduced by Barry Johnson, Head Chocolatier of another pioneering brand, Rococo Chocolates.

Members – £10              Non-members – £20

Clay Gordon Talks About US Chocolate in Conjunction with Guild of Food Writers – Wednesday 16th October, 6.30-8.30pm

Fine Flavour Cacao
Talk and Tasting with Clay Gordon and the Academy of Chocolate in conjunction with the Guild of Food Writers
Wednesday 16 October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Sub Zero/Wolf Living Kitchen, 251 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2EP

Guild of Food Writers

In conjunction with the Guild of Food Writers, we are once again marking Chocolate Week with a highly informative and hugely enjoyable workshop on the ‘Food of the Gods’. The Academy of Chocolate, chaired by Guild member Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, has secured for us the cutting-edge voice of international chocolate authority Clay Gordon, to suggest surprising responses to the question of what exactly constitutes ‘fine flavour’ in cacao and thus chocolate. Is it a matter of DNA (the much vaunted ‘criollo’ bean and hybrids), terroir, post harvest treatment, manufacture or…? Is it a matter for highly trained experts to define or should we pay heed to what most chocolate lovers (most people!) favour?

Amongst the chocolate we will taste to help illustrate his interactive talk, Clay will be bringing with him samples – otherwise unavailable in the UK – from artisan US producers doing what he consider to be good work – where bean quality is more important than label (either ‘type’ or origin). Sara and members of the Academy of Chocolate will be on hand to answer questions and join in the debate. A glass or two of wine should encourage discussion, as ever.

Clay Gordon is the author of the award-winning book Discover Chocolate and is the creator and moderator of, the world’s largest online community devoted specifically to chocolate with nearly 8,000 members in over 150 countries. He first started writing about chocolate professionally in May 2001, when he went live with the pioneering chocolate blog,

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. The Academy campaigns for better chocolate and to promote a greater awareness of the difference between fine chocolate and the mass-produced chocolate confectionery which most of us eat.

To book a place for Fine Flavour Cacao, please reserve a place by emailing Places cost £10 for members and £20 for non members; you can express your wish to bring along a non-member, but we will be allocating places to members first so there may not be room for non-members. There are two ways to pay:
• Internet banking: If you have internet banking and would like to pay that way, the Guild’s bank account is at HSBC’s Esher branch, sort code 40-20-26 and the account is in the name of the Guild of Food Writers, account number 21142607. Please quote your name as the reference when making a payment.
• By cheque: Please send a cheque, made payable to the Guild of Food Writers, to me at The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.

The nearest tube is South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines); for help planning your journey go to

We are very grateful to Sub-Zero & Wolf for hosting us
at their gorgeous showroom in Knightsbridge.

President: Jane Suthering Vice-President: Clarissa Hyman

Chair: Richard Ehrlich Vice-Chair: Silvija Davidson

Treasurer: Jane Lunzer Gifford Secretary: Jane Hughes

Awards Coordinators: Jane Lunzer Gifford and Emma Sturgess (special officer)

Cook It and Write It Coordinator: Jayne Cross

Events Coordinators: Heather Grant and Laura Washburn (co-opted)

Food Policy Coordinator: Silvija Davidson Guild Policy Coordinator: Philip Dundas

Membership Secretary: Carol Wilson Professional Issues Secretary: Sarah Beattie (special officer)

Social Media Coordinator: Laura Washburn (co-opted)

Sponsorship Coordinators: Beverley Glock (co-opted), Jane Milton and Andrew Webb

Website and Publications Coordinator: Lewis Esson (special officer)

Workshops Coordinators: Silvija Davidson, Kate Hawkings,
Joan Ransley (special officer) and Laura Washburn (co-opted)
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