I’m a chocolate expert and consultant based in London.
I’m Founder & Editor of Chocablog, Founder of Bean&Bar, Co-Founder of World Chocolate Guide, Chief Chocolate Officer at Cocoa Runners and board member of The Guild Of Fine Chocolate. I’m also a regular judge at The International Chocolate Awards, and helped organise the 2011 Academy Of Chocolate Awards.
My love of chocolate started in 2006 when I started Chocablog at a time when I knew very little about the chocolate industry. Now with over eight years experience writing about everything from artisan bean-to-bar products to supermarket confectionery, I still find something new to learn every day.
I’ve visited chocolate factories, chocolatiers and cocoa plantations around the world, helped run public and corporate chocolate tastings and met many of the real artisans and cocoa farmers who produce some of the best chocolate in the world.
Chocolate has become my passion as well as my job. Whether it be finding a new bar, meeting a new chocolate maker or sharing my passion for great chocolate at a tasting event, the excitement is always there.
I’ve written about the explosion of small batch chocolate makers, and the challenges facing the chocolate industry, from both ethical and sustainability points of view. I’ve contributed to pieces for BBC News, The Guardian, The Independent. The Daily Mail & Shortlist Magazine, amongst others.
Here’s just a small selection of recent print media coverage & contributions.
Chocablog is the world’s longest running and most popular blog dedicated entirely to chocolate, with over 30,000 followers and subscribers across social media platforms.
Bean&Bar is a database of the world’s bean-to-bar chocolate makers and the bars that they produce. Currently work in progress, the site will eventually allow users to rate and review any chocolate bar, picking out flavour notes and textures, and receive recommendations for other bars based on their ratings.
World Chocolate Guide
World Chocolate Guide is an attempt to map all the world’s chocolate shops. With an IOS and Android app, the site will direct you to the closest and best chocolate shops, no matter where you are in the world.
Taste.Life is a brand new food, drink and travel blog. While chocolate remains my passion, it has led me to discover a whole world of food and drink that I wanted to write about. Taste.Life is my outlet for this.
I’ve recently started blogging for The Huffington Post. I’ll be writing more about London and my local food & drink discoveries here.
Before becoming a chocolate writer, I started a small web development & design agency called Dynamite New Media, and still do some work in this area – particularly for chocolate and food industry clients.
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For more in-depth information on the kinds of chocolate consultancy services I can offer, case studies and more, see the Chocolate Expert page on Chocablog.