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Rising Star

This award season just seems to be getting better and better. We are the proud recipients of the 2016 Academy of Chocolate ‘Rising Star’ Award for Best Newcomer!

Academy of Chocolate Rising Star Award
Posing for photos with our newly received ‘Rising Star’ award at the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2016. (Photo credit : The Athenaeum Hotel, London)

We were very fortunate this July to take a special trip down to London for the presentation evening of the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2016 (read more about our 5 awards for Peanut & Raspberry Praline, Crunchy Praline, Gin & Tonic Truffles, Gianduja Drinking Chocolate, and House Blend Drinking Chocolate in this blog post). Held at the The Athenaeum in central London, this was our first awards ceremony, and a wonderful experience.

It was a bit daunting entering the room as we didn’t really know anyone, but were blown away by the warm welcome and how friendly everyone was. After a bit of socialising (and wine and canapes), we proudly accepted our two Gold Awards for our Peanut & Raspberry Praline and Gianduja Drinking Chocolate. The special awards followed, including the “Golden Bean” award for the best bean to bar chocolate, followed by two additional awards. One of these was for the new “Rising Star”, which we were shocked to hear was going to us!

Receiveing Academy of Chocolate Awards
All smiles receiving our ‘Rising Star’ award, presented by Simon Parkes (Photo credit : Dormouse Chocolate, Manchester)

We were in complete shock at being honoured with this award, and did our best deer in the headlights impression as we made our way to the front of the room to receive our trophy.

academy of chocolate newcomer award trophy

The final announcement was something that we were aware of, but hadn’t been able to share with anyone until the night. The top 16 filled chocolates of the year were named as the “Magnificent 16”, and our Gold award-winning Peanut & Raspberry praline was included!

Academy of Chocolate Awards with Will Torrent
Posing for a photograph with Will Torrent, armed with our new Gold Award certificates (Photo credit : David Greenwood-Haigh & Will Torrent)

It was wonderful to meet everyone, and to try some of the other award-winning chocolates. After lots of photos and a couple of interviews, we carried on the party in town…

academy of chocolate afterparty
Late evening/early morning group selfie at the ChocOscars afterparty (Photo credit : Hazel Lee)

It was a truly magical evening, which we will never forget. All our thanks to the Academy of Chocolate, and everyone we met who made us feel so welcome – we can’t wait for next year!

2 thoughts on “Rising Star

  1. […] these awards, and we were thrilled to receive awards for all of our entries, along with the “Rising Star” award (read about last year’s Academy of Chocolate Awards here). This year, we decided to be […]

  2. […] many reading this will know, we were honoured and shocked to receive the Academy of Chocolate Rising Star award at last year’s event. The awards for each entry are announced in the months before, but there are also special awards […]

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