I have a soft spot for The Gherkin. I like its simple bulbous shape; I like its reflective surface; I like the cross-crossing spiral pattern of different coloured glass. So when I was invited by my friend Dom to attend an event there recently, I jumped at the chance.
Welcomed by Barry Callebaut‘s UK & Ireland Gourmet Business Development Manager, Robert Harrison, we were given lots of information about the The World Chocolate Masters, a biennial competition that celebrates both the ingredient itself and the masters who work with it.
We learned about the competition itself through videos and during a talk from previous contestant, Mark Tilling. Mark twice won the UK feeder competition, to place 12th and 7th in the two world finals in which he participated. We also heard from three of the five finalists for the current UK competition about their inspirations, hopes and strategies.
We also met Soraya Gadelrab, Event Manager for the Speciality & Fine Food Fair. For the last couple of years, the fair has also included a Speciality Chocolate Fair. This year, the finals for the UK Chocolate Masters competition will be held there, over a 3 day period.
I enjoyed learning a little more about the competition, especially from a former competitor.
But for me, the highlight was the opportunity to enjoy the views of London from the 38th floor room and the viewing corridor next door. And watching two workmen in a manoeuvrable boom lift outside made my breath catch in my throat!
Kavey Eats was a guest of Barry Callebaut at The World Chocolate Masters Launch Event.