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The Fine Wine Business Network is pleased to announce that its guest speaker on Wednesday 19th June will be Chantal Coady OBE – founder of Rococo Chocolates.
Chantal was born in Tehran and had a globetrotting childhood before moving to London.
Her father drowned while swimming alone in the rocky Atlantic waters in the Gambia, where he was working at the time. Urgently needing to bring in money, Chantal started to work in Harrods’ confectionary department. “My time at Harrods was enlightening and I had learnt a lot about selling chocolate” says Chantal, “but I knew there was room for a radically different retail approach: an indulgent, fantastical one, a chocolate paradise.”
Armed with a little knowledge, and a dangerous passion for chocolate, she opened the first Rococo shop on the King’s Road in Chelsea at Easter 1983, at the age of 23.
On its busiest days Rococo would serve a thousand customers – but it took ten years to break-even.
More than three decades, five shops, and five books later (all about the joys of luxury chocolate of course) Chantal is still pioneering the movement for real chocolate.
In 2014 Chantal was awarded an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours “For Services To Chocolate” recognising her long and groundbreaking career.
Come and meet Chantal on 19th June and learn about her highly successful career – and what fine wines go best with chocolate.
(Please note that full venue address will be sent to guests with confirmed bookings.)