Them’s The Brakes, Specialities and a Master Chef

The van got through its MOT this week, although it did need the brake pipes replacing in the process. This was a bit of a fiddly job and was only completed at 6pm on Friday evening. Given that I was heading to Olympia first thing on Saturday I was a little jumpy until it was back at Choctails central.

This weekend was the Speciality & Fine Food Fair. The weekend was a reasonable success for us, with a good haul of leads to follow up on over the next few weeks. The logistics of unloading and packing up were the usual chaos and nightmare, taking us an hour to leave the car park on Tuesday evening once we’d finally got everything loaded up. It doesn’t put you in the best frame of mind after a long weekend of talking with buyers, when all you want to do is get home!


We had a great spot just down from the Speciality Chocolate Live stand, so I got to see a number of chocolatiers in action, including Matthieu de Gottal and his fabulous whisky chocolates. I’ve also been tweeting Tony Rodd, runner up in this year’s MasterChef, and he popped by the stand for a chat after his demo on the main stage. It was great to spend some time talking with him. He’s a really lovely guy, and a fantastic chef (and yes, I shamelessly asked for a selfie with him).


Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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