People don’t believe me when I tell them what I do for a living – it just doesn’t sound real. Every month a box of chocolate is sent to the office in London for me to sample. In factories things change and different types of harvest affect flavours – unlike at home, where you don’t get much variation in flavour when you bake a few cakes. I taste every batch of Green & Black’s produce to make sure it’s up to our standards.
There were 3,500 applications for the job from a variety of people – bankers, neuroscientists and hypnotherapists, as well as chefs. The interview was gruelling. I took a taste test, identifying different herbs and spices mixed into a chocolate ganache. It sounds like fun but in an interview you get nervous and your mouth goes dry and then someone hands you a load of chocolate to taste.
The past two weeks have been a highlight. There are two bars I’ve been developing since I started. I’ve toyed with the flavours and sourced the raw materials. Now I get to see them rolling off the production line and think: “Those are mine!”