BBC2's The Sweet Makers
Adventures With Chocolate - Author
Outstanding British Chocolatier
Trained Pastry Chef
Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World
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Paul A Young is a ground breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. He trained as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate. Paul’s passion for his craft and his cutting edge creativity have won him numerous awards including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World two years running and led to him being ranked among the world’s best chocolatiers.
Paul has three chocolateries in London, including a flagship store on Wardour Street in Soho. Paul has a reputation as an incredibly creative chocolatier, a flavour alchemist who often incorporates unusual flavours into his wonderful chocolates and develops flavour combinations that are original, experimental, sometimes daring, yet always perfectly balanced.
Paul is passionate about seasonal ingredients, incorporating local, seasonal flavours throughout the year in a constantly changing array of chocolates – spring may well see a ‘ginger and rhubarb chocolate’, with winter flavours such as ‘spiced pumpkin’ appearing in the colder months.
Paul has won numerous awards for his book and for his wonderful chocolates. He has won Golds in the International Chocolate Awards for the two years including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the world, both years. Paul is one of only a handful, if not the only, chocolatier in London working in a truly artisan way; he and his team make all their creations completely by hand, in small batches and at every stage using fresh ingredients, infusing into liquids, adding fresh spices, organic pure distilled essential oils and ripe fruits. They don’t use any compounds, concentrates, essences, preservatives or additives.
Paul is a trained chef and after graduating, quickly worked through the ranks of a restaurant kitchen to the position of head pastry chef for Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis and Criterion. He then moved into specialising in chocolate, opened his first shop in 2006 and has been creating products that have won awards, wowed customers and earned him the reputation he has today.
Paul’s first book ‘Adventures with Chocolate’ published by Kyle Books in 2012, won the World’s Best Chocolate Book at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Paris shortly after publication and was recently included in the Independent’s Top 50 cookbooks.
In 2016, Paul published 'Sensational Chocolate' in collaboration with The Children's Air Ambulance. Paul assembled a glittering array of friends and colleagues who contributed to a collection of glorious recipes. From how to make sweets and candy to baked goods, desserts, ice cream and drinks, under Paul's professional hand these are transformed into mouthwatering recipes for the home cook. Contributors include Emma Thompson, Darcey Bussell, Ollie Dabbous, Glenn Cosby, Giorgio Locatelli, Natasha Corrett and many others, whose love of chocolate and their secret recipes will both surprise and delight.
Paul regularly appears on television including on This Morning, and Sunday Brunch and has appeared as an expert on Junior MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, The Apprentice and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds. Paul is also one of the expert confectioners on BBC 2's The Sweet Makers, using period tools to create taste sensations.
He also regularly headlines at consumer exhibitions including the Cake & Bake Show, Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live.
The International Chocolate Awards named Paul Outstanding British Chocolatier. Paul’s dedication to his craft, his personality and his experimental creativity shine through in the quality of his chocolates and through the style of his beautiful, indulgent boutique chocolateries.
'Britain’s Top Chocolatier' – The Times
'Legendary salted caramel truffles.' City am
'Paul a Young is a truffler of genius.' The telegraph
'Young’s Brownies are the best in London' - Time Out
'Ridiculously talented' - Delicious magazine
'Paul is a magician with flavours' - Paul Hollywood
'Chocolate Giant' - New York Times
'This chocolatier can do no wrong' - The Times
'Britain’s best chocolatier' - Marie Claire