Great Food writer wins International Chocolate Award

Published July 19, 2012

Shelly Preston (pictured left), founder of Nottinghamshire chocolatier Boutique Aromatique and regular Great Food Magazine columnist, has won a Silver Award at the prestigious International Chocolate Awards.

Shelly’s Mint & Basil Dark Chocolate scooped the prize. The ICAs are a new set of awards created to find the best fine-quality chocolate from around the world.

Each entry is submitted to a rigorous set of tests in the categories of taste, texture, finish and innovation. The judging is by chocolate industry leaders, food writers and pastry chefs, overseen by a grand jury of experts.

Some of Boutique Aromatique’s fragrant chocolates

Boutique Aromatique is based at the Welbeck Farm Shop at Welbeck, north Nottinghamshire, and is the youngest UK business to receive an ICA – an achievement Shelly Preston is particularly proud of.

She said: “This is a huge honour for us. We are a tiny, rural business trading for just a year. It’s great to be flying the flag for fine chocolate in Nottinghamshire against such tough competition from the established chocolate houses in London.”

Shelly writes a column called The Practical Pantry – in which she looks at how one ingredient can be used in a variety of ways – in every issue of Great Food Magazine.

Boutique Aromatique

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Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.