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'William Curley is one of the great chocolatiers. By combining flawless technique and wonderfully exciting creativity he literally brings chocolate to life.' Heston Blumenthal 'William's talent and expertise were evident from the early days spent with me at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons. His chocolates and patisseries are like no other -- he was one of the first to produce such incredible and innovative creations outside of France. I am thrilled that he has excelled professionally in this field.' Raymond Blanc 'William has that terribly rare thing - the determination to succeed born out of hard work. Most young chefs want to be famous more than just being good at what they do. William never takes shortcuts. He so deserves his success.' Marco Pierre White 'William worked for me whilst I was at The Savoy as my Chef Patissier, heading up a team of 21 pastry chefs. The role defined William as a patissier, as his experience in the hotel and restaurant world went on to give him the confidence required to set up his own shops. William is one of the best Patissiers in the business.' Anton Edelmann 'This book is a detailed insight into William's chocolates and patisseries and the ideas and inspirations behind his innovative flavour combinations, and should have pride of place in every chocolate lover's kitchen.' - from the Foreword Pierre Koffman

About the Author

Growing up in a small town in Fife, Scotland, William Curley discovered a passion for gastronomy and began his career with an apprenticeship at Gleneagles Hotel.

William then went on to spend many years at numerous Michelin-starred establishments with the most respected chefs and patissiers in the business including Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Marco Pierre White at The Oak Room and Marc Meneau at L'Esperance in France. William subsequently became the youngest ever Chef Patissier at The Savoy working under Anton Edelman and leading a team of 21 pastry chefs.

William's success led to the opening of the first 'William Curley' shop in Richmond in 2004. This led to the launch of the UK's first dessert bar in central London in 2009.
His chocolates and patisserie can now be found in the food hall of London's most prestigious department store, Harrods.

During 2013, William achieved the MCA (Master of Culinary Arts). It is the highest accolade awarded to chefs in the UK. Making him one of only seven masters in patisserie in Britain.

In 2012, William Curley become a member of Relais Desserts International, the most prestigious association for patissiers. He was also invited to become a 'Disciple Of Escoffier', which recognises his achievements.

William Curley is four times winner of 'Best British Chocolatier' by the Academy of Chocolate. He is renowned for producing the most delicious and inspiring range of handmade chocolates, patisserie and desserts.

Reviews

'Handsomely produced volume, filled with alluring images...its ample collection of recipes and techniques really does offer the 'masterclass in chocolate' its dust jacket claims. A book to savour and one which will inspire chocolate lovers everywhere.'


Shortlisted 'Best Chocolate Book in the World' Gourmand Awards 2011


' William Curley is a chocolatier extraordinaire. Find out all you need to know about the cocoa bean and drool over his stunning recipes.'

' Handsomely produced volume, filled with alluring images... its ample collection of recipes and techniques really does offer the ' masterclass in chocolate' its dust jacket claims. A book to savour and one which will inspire chocolate lovers everywhere.'

' The definitive chocolate book for 2011... an exquisite book, packed full of stunning photography and easy to follow recipes.'

' Stunning photography entices the reader at every turn of the page. This is a beautiful book that will appeal to all levels of chefs and chocolate makers. It' s a must-have for anyone serious about chocolate, whether you are a beginner or a professional.'

' Beautiful, stylish and exciting... I simply love this book'

' Superbly illustrated with mouthwatering photography... exquisite recipes'

'The Best 50 Cookbooks of 2011'

' Wins the prize for most beautiful book of the year. Stunning.'

Winner 'Cookbook of the Year' Guild of Food Writer's Awards 2011

Shortlisted 'Food Book of the Year' Andre Simon Awards 2011

Shortlisted 'Best Chocolate Book in the World' Gourmand Awards 2011


"This book is a detailed insight into William's chocolates and patisseries and the ideas and inspirations behind his innovative flavour combinations, and should have pride of place in every chocolate lover's kitchen." - from the Foreword -- Pierre Koffman
"William Curley is a chocolatier extraordinaire. Find out all you need to know about the cocoa bean and drool over his stunning recipes." * Sainsbury's magazine *
"Stunning photography entices the reader at every turn of the page. This is a beautiful book that will appeal to all levels of chefs and chocolate makers. It's a must-have for anyone serious about chocolate, whether you are a beginner or a professional." * Caterer & Hotelkeeper *
"William Curley is one of the great chocolatiers. By combining flawless technique and wonderfully exciting creativity he literally brings chocolate to life." * Heston Blumenthal *
"William's talent and expertise were evident from the early days spent with me at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons. His chocolates and patisseries are like no other - he was one of the first to produce such incredible and innovative creations outside of France. I am thrilled that he has excelled professionally in this field." * Raymond Blanc *
"William has that terribly rare thing - the determination to succeed born out of hard work. Most young chefs want to be famous more than just being good at what they do. William never takes shortcuts. He so deserves his success." -- Marco Pierre White
"William worked for me whilst I was at The Savoy as my Chef Patissier, heading up a team of 21 pastry chefs. The role defined William as a patissier, as his experience in the hotel and restaurant world went on to give him the confidence required to set up his own shops. William is one of the best Patissiers in the business." -- Anton Edelmann

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