Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson is announced as UK Team Chocolate candidate and Team Captain

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It was announced today that  Barry Johnson, who was crowned UK Pastry Open Champion last week,  will be leading UK Pastry Team which will compete at the European Pastry Cup in Geneva in 2014, 26th of January, and will be aiming to qualify for the final of the Coupe du Monde De la Patisserie in Lyon in 2015. The UK team will need to be in the top 3 in Geneva to qualify for the World final in Lyons in 2015

“Everyone at Rococo are delighted for Barry and we wish him and his team all the best” said Chantal Coady founder and owner of Rococo Chocolates, who was present at the event when the announcement was made.

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Barry perfected his trade at The Dorchester Collections, Coworth Park, a 5 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant where he was chocolatier. He was also Head Pastry chef at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel and earlier in his career worked for Raymond Blanc and Harrods.  He has been Rococo’s principal Chocolatier since January 2012.

Barry received highest marks from the judges in the best tasting pastry category which helped him to obtain the overall winning score. He was one of the seven finalists battling it out for the 2013 UK Pastry Open in London on the 7th of October, Title and a place on the UK Pastry Team which will compete at the European Pastry Cup next year and will be aiming to qualify for the final of the Coupe du Monde De la Patisserie in Ly01-1-41on in 2015.

 

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Autumn Flavours

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Rococo Chocolates’ Autumn Ganache Selection is now in the shops. Barry Johnson, Rococo’s award winning chocolatier and UK Open Pastry champion for 2013, has put together four exciting flavours for this autumn’s couture selection.

  1. Sloe Gin liquid/liqueur truffle covered in dark chocolate
  2. Walnut and fruit marzipan, orange ganache covered in dark chocolate
  3. Apricot and lavender ganache covered in milk chocolate
  4. Autumn spiced apple covered in milk chocolate

Handmade in small batches in our West Norwood kitchens, these bespoke ganaches are only available from Rococo’s own shops and are priced according to weight @ £135 per kg.

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Nordic Elements Take On New Brand Scintilla

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Scintilla’s design Scintilla was founded in 2009 by Icelandic fashion and textile designer Linda Björg Árnadóttir  are built on the Scandinavian design tradition and influenced by the extreme nature of Iceland.

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Scintilla creates quality home textiles with a modern approach. Scintilla’s aesthetics are contemporary and the design concept is progressive graphics with unique colour palettes. The collection includes bed linens and covers, pillows, tablecloths, towels and wool blankets and a range of 100% natural scented candles.

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Prices range from £65.00 for cushions and £23.00 for towels, candles at £38.00

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Singular Contours for Quiet Moments

Wegner’s archetype for the ideal armchair.
Home furnishing in 2013 demands pieces that create personal space and embrace the body. Over 50 years ago, Wegner created two iconic armchairs – the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair – that today continue to fulfil our continually evolving needs. The designs sum up Wegner’s knowledge of ergonomics combined with his sculptural and minimalist expression.

CH445-468_Haungaard_Ann_220x297mm.indd Hans J. Wegner’s two armchair archetypes – Wing Chair and Oculus.

This year’s furniture exhibitions have highlighted a growing interest in exploring individual space within living rooms. The popular theme has inspired a number of designers to experiment with merging exceptional comfort and space for peace and contemplation – and the resulting chairs and sofas emphasise large proportions and lounge-inspired elements.

Long popular in corporate environments, these features have only recently gained ground in home furnishings. The shift is particularly relevant for one of the home’s cosiest nooks – the armchair, which is seeing a strong trend towards oversized, dominant backrests that embrace the body and foster an informal atmosphere. These keep the world at bay, creating privacy without isolating the occupants from their surroundings, and providing an oasis for quiet moments.

Hans J. Wegner began working on creating personal space within room settings back in the early 1960s. It was then that he created his two iconic armchairs: the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair. Today, infused with Wegner’s trademark sense for seating comfort, freedom of movement, simple minimalist design, and sculptural expression, both chairs continue to represent the archetype of the ideal armchair.

For Wegner, a chair was not just a chair, but a work of art to relieve the body. Both the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair sum up the essence of his design philosophy: combining design and ergonomics with form and function in a balance that creates perfect harmony. His design is timeless, as demonstrated by the fact that his two armchairs, created over 50 years ago, continue to be popular in home furnishings in 2013. It is no accident that Wegner is frequently referred to as the ‘chair-maker of chair-makers’ – both in Denmark and abroad,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

Wing Chair                                                                                                                          The Wing Chair was designed in 1960 and briefly put into production. Carl Hansen & Son rediscovered the design in 2006 and, using Wegner’s original drawings, put it back into production. The Wing Chair is an upholstered armchair with a solid beech frame supported by light, perfectly contrasting aluminium legs. The chair is renowned for its stylistic expression, with its characteristic armrests and the backrest’s horizontal crease, which balances the wing-like protruding corners.

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Oculus Chair
The Oculus Chair was also designed in 1960. Wegner made two prototypes of the chair (one leather and one fabric), but its production only began 50 years later when Carl Hansen & Son discovered one of the prototypes in the Wegner family home. Like the Wing Chair, Oculus has a solid beech frame and thin aluminium legs – a contrast that accentuates its strong character. The chair is spacious, with a broad rounded backrest and pronounced armrests. Wegner drew inspiration for the design from nature, combining organic shapes with simple, soft lines and a strong, eye-catching presence.

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Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.
Carl Hansen & Son has 170 employees and production in Denmark.
The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com

Building Bridges in Grenada

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The cocoa farmers from the Grococo farm in northern Grenada have for years been jumping over slippery rocks to get to the harvest. Now they have a bridge!

One of the very last things that the late Mott Green did before he died was to have the metal frame of the bridge craned into place. He died the next day (June 1st) in a tragic electrical accident.

Wiliam September, farm manager, with the unfinished red bridge behind him.
Wiliam September, farm manager, with the unfinished red bridge behind him.

James, Chantal and their children Fergus and Millie were in Grenada for his Memorial in June and saw the bridge in its half-finished state and vowed to finish the project in short order. It had been Mott’s vision to build the bridge to help the farmers get the heavy sacks of wet cocoa off the Grococo Farm without having to jump over the slippery rocks on the river. This vision has now been achieved, and Rococo continues to invest in the cocoa farmers of Grenada.

Grenada2007cocoa-80James and Chantal, as partners (with Mott’s mother Judith Friedman) and investors on the farm have dedicated the entire Rococo Marketing budget for 2013 to this project, and made sure that the vision became a reality.

It is wonderful to see the finished bridge in all its glory and on November 14th the official opening will take place at Hermitage, Grenada.

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Note to Editors:

Grococo Farm is a 50:50 joint venture between Rococo & the Grenada
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Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson is triumphant at the UK Pastry Open

ASC_2554Rococo Chocolates are delighted that Barry Johnson, their principal chocolatier, was this week crowned the UK Pastry Open champion. Despite stiff competition, Barry won the ‘Best Taste’ category and was named ‘Overall Winner’ through gaining the highest total score.

Competing in front of an audience of hundreds at The Restaurant Show on Monday 7th October, Barry created a striking chocolate dessert with seasonal British flavours of elderflower and raspberry as well as a 1.2 meter tall chocolate showpiece inspired by the musical ‘The Lion King’.

Chantal Coady, founder and creative director of Rococo Chocolates said “We are so proud of Barry, this is an enormous achievement and we wish him well in the next stage”

Barry said, “It is a huge honour to gain such a prestigious award. The competition brief was challenging but it gave me a good opportunity to showcase my technique and creativity.”

Barry perfected his trade at The Dorchester Collections, Coworth Park, a 5 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant where he was chocolatier. He was also Head Pastry chef at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel and earlier in his career worked for Raymond Blanc and Harrods.  He has been Rococo’s principal Chocolatier since January 2012.

Barry received highest marks from the judges in the best tasting pastry category which helped him to obtain the overall winning score. He was one of the seven finalists battling it out for the 2013 UK Pastry Open Title and a place on the UK Pastry Team which will compete at the European Pastry Cup next year and will be aiming to qualify for the final of the Coupe du  Monde De la Patisserie in Lyon in 2015.  The UK team is announced later this month.

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We all wish him success.

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