Queen inspires chocolate workshop business

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 August 2014

The Chocolate Tart Congresbury, Lisa Clarke doing a class signed up for Made in Somerset Festival.

The Chocolate Tart Congresbury, Lisa Clarke doing a class signed up for Made in Somerset Festival.

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THE owner of a cookery school where people learn to make handmade chocolates became 'obsessed' with it when she had to cook chocolate cups for the Queen.

Lisa Clarke, who runs The Chocolate Tart in Congresbury, has signed up for this year’s Made In North Somerset Festival which celebrates the best of North Somerset’s food and drink.

The event, co-ordinated by the economic development service at North Somerset Council, showcases a host 
of high-quality producers from September 13 to October 5.

Lisa created the business, based in Kent Road, in 2007 after originally working for a catering company where she helped prepare food for the House of Lords.

As part of this work, she was once asked to create homemade chocolate cups to be eaten by the Queen.

She said: “I wasn’t totally confident with tempering chocolate so I worked with some chocolatiers to learn how to make it.

“I became totally obsessed with it. So I have the Queen to thank for my business.

“The best part of it is meeting people. When they come here, they are coming for a treat and I love sharing it with them.

“It’s a really lovely way to earn a living. I love making anything with chocolate.”

Lisa is running workshops on September 21 as part of the festival, where there will be a talk on tempering and some chocolate-making.

She said: “The festival is vital for people to be made aware of businesses they didn’t know about and how they can support them.

“If people use local businesses, it helps them stay in business and that’s really important.”

The price of the workshops is £10 per person, and booking is essential on 01934 876881.



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