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Legendary chocolatier, Paul A. Young, shares his chocolate making secrets for the first time in his latest book, Adventures in Chocolate.

Paul A. Young is an English chocolatier and pattissier, who worked through the ranks in some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants before being poached by Marco Pierre White. With a change in direction, Young then worked with Marks and Spencer and Sainsburys to develop some of today’s best selling products, and received two nominations for The Award of Excellence for his development work.

Young’s TV career has been marked by appearances on BBC2’s Food and Drink, ITV’s This Morning, Sky One’s Taste and the Carlton Food Network. He is a regular guest chef on UK-TV Food’s Great Food Live, and gives live demonstrations at various events, including Henrietta Green’s food lovers fairs, Covent Garden.

In June 2011, Young opened a new flagship chocolaterie in London’s Soho district. This new store, located on Wardour Street, is the largest of the three and features a basement kitchen which extends under two neighbouring shops.

Adventures in Chocolate will take you on a chocolate adventure, showing you how to blend it with other ingredients from lavender to chilli to cinnamon. With chapters including Sugar and Spice and Herbs and Flowers, the recipes cover everything from truffles and cakes to savoury dishes. Discover how to make Wild Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn Truffles, Seasalted Caramel Tart and the best Chocolate Martini. And then of course there are the classics, such as Paul’s world-famous brownies and his award-winning Hot Chocolate with Mayan Spices. Paul’s enthusiasm is irresistible and his stunning recipes are a must for all chocolate lovers

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