Everywhere in the world there are tensions- economic, political, religious. So we need chocolate. –Alain Ducasse
Hello! My name is Matthew Green and I have worked as a chef for the past 15 years, travelling around the world to work at some amazing restaurants. Chocolate holds a special place in my heart and almost a year and half ago I founded Explore Chocolate- my passion has become my business.
This is my first blog post! The idea behind this blog is partly to share with you the journey we are on at Explore Chocolate as we continue to grow. To share recipes and insights from myself, and from others in the industry; to document our progress and the eternal search for new, and in some cases better chocolate.
By better I mean better quality- for sure, but also better for us, better for the environment, and better for the people who grow & produce Cacao– without whom we would have no chocolate at all.
On the other hand it’s also a great way for you to get involved. I’m happy to share recipes and methods for making all things, sweet and savoury- chocolate or not! I’d like for you to share your stories, memories and relationships with chocolate. A chocolate community if you like. What could be bad about that?!
A little bit about me:
I’m sure we will get to know each other very well in the time to come, but here’s a potted history of my life & career so far.
Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire was my childhood home. It is also where I am now based with Explore Chocolate, but I’ve been on quite a few journeys in between! My apprenticeship was at the Palmichael restaurant in Burton Latimer where I gained experience and qualification, during which time I started studying at deMontfort University.
Living in Leicester I worked at The Case restaurant, meeting some great people and learning a different style of cooking. During the summer between second and third year I travelled to Puglia in Italy to work in a luxury hotel- a steep learning curve I can assure you since I spoke little Italian at the time!
After graduating I moved to Australia where I worked at one of the world’s best restaurants- QUAY in Sydney, and then an almond farm in Victoria. Two polar opposite experiences but equally satisfying and educational.
I moved back to the UK a few years ago and started Explore Chocolate in December 2016. We are steadily growing and I love every minute of my working week.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here soon for recipes, ideas and insights- as well as updates on our progress at Explore Chocolate