Out Going Paul A Young
8th August 2012

Paul A Young

AUTHOR The Milk Maid
‘You don’t like dark chocolate?’ He asked while franticly putting on his crisp, cotton glove, virgin white except for the traces of cocoa powder on the finger tips. ‘No…,’ I stammered, not realising the effect this statement would have on the pitch of Paul A Young’s voice.

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‘Try this!’ He plucked a single ganache from a neat line in a colour that always makes my heart sink when I open a box to find all chocolates this colour. Placing it proudly in my hand, he raised his eyebrows expectantly. I was preparing to lie, ready to contort my face into a fake expression of glee but within seconds I was eating my words and they tasted unbelievably good - rich, velevety and sumptuous.

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Despite doubling the size of his business in the last year, Paul A Young's recipes, methods and manufacturing processes remain unchanged. There are no additives and unnatural ingredients in his chocolates, nothing is flavoured with anything other than the fresh ingredient or essential oils and everything is seasonal - the current summer bite being pea and mint - an oddly delicious combination, trust me, try it! A year long favourite is marmite, surprisingly subtle flavour and silky in texture and my absolute leading choice, his award winning sea salt caramel!

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The three large slabs of marble in his Soho kitchen and his 25 strong team are the secret to Paul A Young's success, everything from tempering the chocolate, to filling, molding, coating, decorating, wrapping and packing is done meticulously by hand. “Machines break down and get old, people improve, if you look after them and invest time in them they’ll just get better and better over the years” and so in Paul A Young’s kitchen you’ll see that each treasured truffle is assembled with care and every individual bar wrapped with love and patience.

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Paul A Young wants not only to educate us mere Cadbury munching mortals and spoil us with his fine chocolate and delicious treats but to establish a synonymous link between British Chocolatiers and excellence.

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Visit Paul A Young at one of his three London stores in Soho, Islington and the City.

www.paulayoung.co.uk