Artisan chocolatier picks up major national award


A Shropshire artisan chocolatier has picked up a coveted national award in the most prestigious chocolate awards ceremony in the UK.

Julia Wenlock, of Toot Sweets – Shropshire Chocolates, travelled to London to be presented with a silver award at the Academy of Chocolate Awards held at Fortnum & Mason.

She received the accolade for her handmade Salted Caramels, in the Best Filled Chocolate category, and collected the award in front of an audience made up of leading players from the world of fine chocolate. 

“It’s a massive honour to receive such an award. It’s a recognition of all I have tried to achieve and the standard of chocolates I produce,” said the 29-year-old.

“To get a silver, alongside people in the industry that I admire, such as Paul A. Young and William Curly, is very humbling. The judging is of an extremely high standard with judges looking at the quality of the chocolate used, the ingredients and how well the chocolates are crafted by hand.”

Julia, who lives in Copthorne, Shrewsbury, runs her own chocolate shop in the town’s Market Hall and supplies a number of independent retailers. Her chocolates have won a string of national awards over the past few years.

“I am passionate about sourcing chocolate from ethical sources that is full of flavour. The complexity of proper chocolate is as in-depth as that of wine or ground coffee,” she said.

The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 by leading chocolate professionals to promote a greater awareness of real unadulterated chocolate made from ethically-sourced, single origin, fine cocoa beans.

“The complexity and flavour of fine chocolate is extremely important to the Academy. Entrants must show they are using chocolate which comes from ethical sources, promoting traceability and complexity of flavours,” Julia added.

Judging was held at Westminster Kingsway College over a period of five days involving 25 judges.

Julia is staging a Pop-up Chocolate Café at Serenity Wellness Centre, Castle Street, Shrewsbury, on Sunday June 2, 11am to 3pm. The cafe will include many different types of chocolate cake and artisan hot chocolate drinks for members of the public to try, as well as her award-winning  chocolates.

She will also be giving chocolate demonstrations, as part of the Shrewsbury Food Festival, on Sunday June 30, at 11am, in Shrewsbury Market Hall, and on Saturday August 10 at Shrewsbury Flower Show.

For further press information contact Julia Wenlock on 07814 113156 or [email protected].


Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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