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.