On 03 September 2015 the judges met for the preliminary of The Great British Spiced Chocolate challenge at Poggenpohl Waterloo at their luxury kitchen and bathroom showrooms.
The judges were split into four main groups each tasting a different selection trying to find the one or two chocolates that stood out above the rest on their tables.
There were ummmm's and aaahhh's and a few noooo's but mostly there were smiles and happy sounds emanating from the tables.
Happy face of judge Hazel Lee who is obviously trying a really nice specimen.
Andrew Mellon, the organiser called everyone together to let a judge from each group talk us through their choice(s) of the entry that stood out for them.
The Cheese and Wine Tasting was in the Poggenphol 4th Wall Kitchen behind the showroom. We were treated to the most amazing collection of cheeses from The Fine Cheese Company of Bath, England and wines to match perfectly from OW Loeb & Co Ltd, shippers of fine wines since 1874.
The chocolates picked on the evening will then be judged again and the winner will have his/her chocolate fast-tracked into a top London food hall in time or Christmas. The winner will also receive a prize from event sponsors British Airways and Pure Grenada of a 7-day trip to the island of Grenada for the 2016 Grendada Chocolate Festival.
Well renowned chocolatier Paul A Young has created an official GBSCC 'sugar & spice' bar of chocolate with a donation of £2 from the sale of each bar will go directly to The Trussell Trust, the charity of the challenge and the supporters and operators of the largest network of food banks in the UK. The bar of chocolate will retail at £4.50.
Keep an eye out on this blog for details of the winning chocolate coming soon.
I was a guest of The Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge. All photos and opinions are my own.