A local artisan chocolate maker was in St Jame’s Palace last week showcasing her unique printed chocolate products at a huge entrepreneurs event organised by the Duke of York.
Chocolatier Geri Martin, who founded Chocolate Manor after studying a Chocolate Skills course at NWRC while off on maternity leave, was invited to showcase her work at the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace event.
She was the also the only food and drink entrepreneur from Northern Ireland at the event.
Talking about the day Geri said, “It was an incredible experience. I was honoured to present Princess Beatrice, Sarah Duchess of York and HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, with printed handmade chocolate bars with their names on them at the event.
“My work, and the Year of Food & Drink NI 2016 was showcased at the event on my chocolate.”
Explaining how she managed to secure the coveted spot at the event, she said, “I entered a the Food & Drink Entrepreneur element of Pitch@Palace at the end of September with an online application describing the bespoke chocolates we create for events, promotional gifts, the hospitality industry & retail.
“I was contacted to send samples for tasting and almost two weeks later I received a call from the Duke of York’s Office asking if I could prepare and deliver chocolates for the Pitch@Palace event.
“In the end I was one of just 12 food and drink entrepreneurs from across the UK to be showcased at the event, where 550 guests, including members of the Royal Family, Justin King, Heston Blumenthal and ‘Dragon’ Peter Jones tasted my chocolate.”
It was a huge task but Geri managed to deliver, “We had one week to create 2200 bespoke chocolates and deliver them to Buckingham Palace - and I would like to thank my close friends, especially Annie Rose & Allison Loomie, who helped me to turn around this mammoth task in such a short timeframe.”
Now she’s back home - and back to earth with a bump! - Geri reflected, “It was a wonderful experience, and the opportunities that are possible thanks to Pitch@Palace are simply fantastic. I am very grateful to HRH The Duke of York, KG and his team for giving me this showcase for our handcrafted indulgent chocolate products.”
To contact Geri or to learn more about her unique Chocolate Manor products see www.thechocolatemanor.com or find her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/chocolatemanor or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/chocolatemanor