Childs Safety Week – 6th to 12th June

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Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. It is a very good idea to be reminded of this – it should be Child Safety Week every week, we think!

And as we all know most accidents happen in the home. Basic household items, including window coverings, can turn into potential hazards. Luxaflex® considers child safety a top priority. As children grow so does their curiosity with the world around them, making products safer for homes with infants and young children is an integral part of their design philosophy.

If you are planning any window treatments and have small children Luxaflex® has produced a very useful brochure which can be downloaded.

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It is well worth studying it before you decide on exactly what you want and what is best for you and your family.

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HOW COOL IS THIS?

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Rococo Chocolates is launching their very first ice cream range using their award winning organic chocolates which mirror the most popular Artisan Bar flavours. So if you find it too hot for chocolate, then you can have the ice cream instead. There are eight exciting flavours in two sizes. A generous one scoop which will come in a 100ml sealed tub, and 3 scoops which will be a 250ml tub. Perfect to eat sitting in the sun and a great addition to any dinner party!

The 8 deliciously smooth flavours are:

ICE CREAM

Cardamom & Pistachio White Chocolate

Anglesey Sea Salt Milk Chocolate

Honeycomb Crunch Milk Chocolate

Mint Dark Chocolate

Basil & Persian Lime Dark Chocolate

Crystallised Ginger Dark Chocolate

SORBET

Raspberry Sorbet (sorry – no chocolate)

Dark Chocolate Sorbet

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The ice creams will be in the 3 London Stores by early June. The generous one scoop 100 ml tub cost £3.50 and the three scoop 250ml tub £7.50.

Ice & Slice by Shot, in Fulham London are making the ices exclusively for Rococo using Rococo’s award winning organic chocolates. Chantal Coady OBE, founder and creative director of Rococo chocolates said about this cooperation. “ It’s so exciting to have found the perfect ice cream partner in Ice & Slice as for a while now we have been dreaming of making our own artisan ice creams based on the Rococo flavours. They are all excellent but my favourites are the pistachio, the crystallised ginger and the Basil & Persian lime. The dairy free chocolate sorbet is sumptuous: so creamy it is hard to believe there is no cream in it!

www.rococochocolates.com

Notes to Editors on Rococo Chocolate

Rococo Chocolates is the foremost London luxury artisan chocolatier and organic cocoa farmer on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Founded in 1983 by Chantal Coady – Britain’s top chocolate authority and trail blazer of the new “British School of Chocolate” bringing quirky design, craftsmanship, engaged ethics, provenance, pleasure and a certain wit. Rococo is still a 100% family owned business.

Chantal was awarded the OBE for her services to Chocolate in 2014 – the first time such an award had been given for chocolate.

Notes to Editors on Ice and Slice

Ice & Slice is a new project by the talented team behind Shot Espresso, the café and aperitif bar near Fulham Broadway. ​Their gelato is made daily combining premium ingredients like Yeo Valley organic milk and double cream, Sicilian pistachios roasted to order, and whole fruit.

Ice & Slice’s quest for the perfect chocolate on which to base their dark chocolate gelato led them to Rococo. What began as wholesale supply became a full blown love affair when the Rococo team tasted the first batch!

The next step was getting Rococo’s head chocolatier together with the Ice & Slice gelatiers and letting the magic happen. The result was gelato flavours to faithfully evoke the taste of Rococo’s unique, award winning chocolates.

 

LUCKY 13 – Academy of Chocolate awards 2015

Rococo Chocolates receive thirteen medals in a year which has seen more entries than ever before, The Academy of Chocolate has awarded Rococo Chocolates 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze medals; the most awards ever received in one year by Rococo Chocolates. This reflects the attention to detail and dedication to quality by Barry Johnson, Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier, and his team. Huge congratulations for this outstanding result.

 

“I am absolutely delighted with this crop of medals which reflect so beautifully the breadth of our Rococo Chocolates range.

 

From our Rococo Couture Collection with our new single origin ganaches, hand made by the gifted principal chocolatier Barry Johnson and his team, to our Artisan chocolate bars from our Choc-A-Porter Collection. I am especially proud of our Gru Grococo 2014 vintage single estate bar made from the beans grown on our very own cocoa farm in Grenada” said Chantal Coady OBE.

 

In the words of the Academy of Chocolate press release, “Rococo ruled the roost in the Best Filled Chocolate – Plain category, taking home three Gold awards for its Single Origin Peru Ganache, Single Origin Dominican Republic Ganache and Single Origin Chuao Ganache.” A fair comment after taking all of the gold medals in this category!

 

The awards were given for a number of different categories.  Here is the medal line up.

 

GOLD

Single Origin Peru Ganache

Single Origin Dominican Republic Ganache

Single Origin Chuao Ganache

Mandarin & Tonka Bean Caramel

 

SILVER

Cardamom Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Anglesey Sea Salt Caramel Ganache

Pear Williams Caramel

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BRONZE

GruGrococo Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Peru 63% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Morello Cherry Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Crunchy Hazelnut Praline

Pistachio, Hazelnut & Almond Praline

Rococo chocolates would like to thank The Academy of Chocolate and all the Judges for their hard work and dedication to real chocolate.

 

www.rococochocolates.com

SPRING TIDY

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The days are getting longer and soon the sun will be shining through the windows and the thoughts turn to spring cleaning so everything can gleam in the sunshine.  And where better to start than in the kitchen.

The Verner Containers from Nordic Element will make your kitchen not only tidy, but the beautiful hand blown glass jars with black cork lids will make it look incredibly smart. The jars come in various sizes and are useful for flour, pasta, nuts, sugar… the list is endless. And they are so good looking you won’t to hide them away in a cupboard,

Louise Roe Design Essentials is behind the stylish jars which retail from £32.00

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Chantal Coady Collects Her OBE

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Chantal Coady, who was been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014, has today collected her “gong”  from  HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at the investiture  at Buckingham Palace.

This the first time an OBE has been awarded for services to chocolate. Chantal’s involvement with chocolate goes back to 1983 when she opened her first chocolate shop, Rococo Chocolates, in London’s Kings Road.

Chantal remembering:: “The last time I got close to HM Queen Elizabeth II, was when she visited my school in Addis Ababa in 1965 on her Royal Tour (PIC), and while I always dreamed of chocolate and sweets, not in my wildest fantasies could I have imagined that I would be going to honoured in her Birthday Honours list and visiting Buckingham Palace for the investiture today. I am so proud to be the first person to have received this particular honour FOR SERVICES TO CHOCOLATE and want to thank all those people who have helped me along the way, and especially to my late great mentor Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company.”

Rococo now has 3 shops in London and one in the Northwest at the Chester Grosvenor and Rococo also jointly owns a cocoa farm in Grenada. Chantal and Rococo Chocolates continues to be the pioneering hub of the ‘New British School of Chocolate’

The OBE also recognizes Rococo Chocolates’ contributions to many charities over the years, not to mention its trail-blazing design, craftsmanship, engaged ethics, and the provenance and pleasure which this family-owned business brings to its customers.

Chantal is a Founder Member of the Academy of Chocolate.

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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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Note to Editors.

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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What A Swell Party That Was

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On the hottest day of the year, the coolest place to be (literally)  was at the opening of the Rococo Shop in Moxon Street, the “foodie central” area of Marylebone.

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Canapés, drinks and award-winning chocolates were served all night

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Simply Beautiful

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The just launched Scope chair from Softline could not be simpler or more beautiful, it classic lines has a thoroughly modern feel and it will fit in anywhere – giving you lots of scope!

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Robert Zoller designed Scope for Softline.  It has clean lines, relaxed style, optimal comfort and timeless appeal. By adding wooden legs he has also given it that special Scandinavian touch.

The new Scope chair goes with the Scope sofa launched last year. And retails from £795.00

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A Day of Jane Austen and Flowers

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Want to know how to make floral arrangements that would look at home in Mansfield Park and Chawton, and listen   to the story of Jane Austen’s life? Then join in the 200th anniversary celebration of the publication of Pride and Prejudice at Judith Blacklock’s Flower School on 25 May.

During the day, you will create two designs, which you will, of course, get to take home.

Over tea and cakes Louise West, Curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum will tell you about Jane’s life and her writing, and the cottage from which she wrote, at Chawton, which is now the Museum.

You will learn about the meaning of the flowers used by Jane Austen – which was tremendously important in the Regency era – and the flowers that would have grown in the Austen’s’ garden, which is now planted with cottage garden flowers of the period.

The Jane Austen Flower day is 25 May; the course runs from 10.30 am till 4pm and costs £240 at The Judith Blacklock Flower School, 4/5 Kinnerton Place South, London SW1X 8EH

Note to Editors

Louise West, curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum

Currently Curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire  where she has been working for 11 years. Her job involves looking after the museum’s collection, forward planning and a lot of networking. It was the job she had wanted since she was 21 and she finally arrived there when she was 47 after working in various museums, getting married and bringing up four children. One of the really lovely benefits of working in the museum has been enjoying the smallish but stunning garden whose colours and structure change every day.

Judith Blacklock

Judith is the author of 11 best selling books and editor of The Flower Arranger magazine. She has taught worldwide and arranged the flowers at Kensington Palace on a regular basis. In 2011, she co-organised [email protected], the largest cut-flower event that has ever been staged in the UK. She is now planning another – [email protected] – in 2014. Judith makes regular television appearances, recently with Gordon Ramsay and will be appearing on Made in Chelsea in April. She has acted as a consultant to companies including Topshop, Channel 4 and BT.

www.judithblacklock.com

Going for Gold – Rococo Chocolates

Gold Medal Winners

Rococo Chocolates has come away from the Academy of Chocolates Awards 2013 with four gold medals. Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo chocolates, remarked; “We are delighted to be recognised for our chocolates, especially in the year when we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and it is an honour to be awarded so many gold medals”. Along with this already impressive haul, they received a silver and two bronze medals.

The chocolates awarded gold recognition were created by Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier, Barry Johnson, who has just completed his first year with the artisan company. They are:
Salted Chocolate Toffee & Crunchy Praline – Best Filled Chocolate (Nuts)
Kalamansi Lime Caramel – Best Filled Chocolate (Caramel)
Passion Fruit & Rosemary Caramel – Best Filled Chocolate (Caramel)

The fourth chocolate to receive the top accolade in the Best Unflavoured Dark Truffle category is Rococo’s ever-popular Madagascar House Truffle.

Rococo’s Organic Milk Chocolate Rose Otto Artisan Bar received a silver medal and the bronze medals were awarded to the Organic Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Artisan Bar and to the Rococo Advent Calendar in the Best Packaging (Filled Chocolates) category.

The gold award-winning chocolates are available in their London and Chester shops from this week

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Judith Blacklock launches on-line Flower Course

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Innovative as always Judith Blacklock has launched the first professional on-line Flower course. If you have always wanted to become a Florist, but are unable to attend a class in person this new course is tailor-made for you.

 

Judith Blacklock and her team have been running the world-renowned two-week Business of Floristry Course for the past 14 years and their students have achieved wonderful things. This new and exciting accredited course, which is completed online, follows the same curriculum, but with modifications to make distance learning possible.

You chose the dates, and you have 12 month in which to complete the course

The link below will give you all the details.  The cost of the on-line course is £1,680 (plus 20% VAT) “and includes a starter kit of floristry essentials”. Overseas students do not pay vat but there is a charge for sending materials.

http://www.judithblacklock.com/courses/onlineFloristryCourse.php

Judith says: “I am so excited about this course, which has taken a long time to perfect. I think it is the perfect sister course for our two-week intensive Business of Floristry and I look forward to welcoming students from all over the world to the Flower School’s ever-expanding network.”

www.judithblacklock.com

Note to Editors.

Judith is the author of 11 bestselling books and editor of The Flower Arranger magazine. She has taught worldwide and arranged the flowers at Kensington Palace on a regular basis. In 2011, she co-organised Flowers at Chicheley Hall, the largest cut-flower event that has ever been staged in the UK. Judith makes regular television appearances and acts as consultant to companies including Topshop, Channel 4 and BT.

 

Judith is available for interviews.

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