Paul A Young is a ground breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. Paul trained as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate; his passion for his craft and his cutting-edge creativity have won him numerous awards including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World, two years’running, which led to him being ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers. Paul has two chocolateries in London including a stunning flagship store on Wardour Street in Soho. Paul has a reputation as an incredibly creative chocolatier, a flavour alchemist who often incorporates unusual flavours into his wonderful chocolates and develops flavour combinations that are original, experimental, sometimes daring, yet always perfectly balanced.
Paul is passionate about seasonal ingredients, incorporating local, seasonal flavours throughout the year in a constantly changing array of chocolates, such as Goose Fat Caramel at Christmas, Rhubarb, Pink Pepper and Stem Ginger Caramel in Spring and Pumpkin Pie Truffle in Autumn.
Paul is a trained chef; after graduating he quickly worked through the ranks of a restaurant kitchen to the position of head pastry chef for Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis and Criterion. He then moved into specialising in chocolate, opened his first shop in 2006 and has been creating products that have won awards, wowed customers and earned him the reputation he has today.
Paul has won numerous awards for his book, as well as his wonderful chocolates. He has won Golds in the International Chocolate Awards for the past two years including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the world on both years. Paul is one of only a handful, if not the only, chocolatier in London working in a truly artisan way. He and his team make all their creations completely by hand, in small batches, and at every stage using fresh ingredients, infusing into liquids, adding fresh spices, organic pure distilled essential oils and ripe fruits. They don’t use any compounds, concentrates, essences, preservatives or additives.
Paul’s first book ‘Adventures with Chocolate’ won the World’s Best Chocolate Book at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Paris, shortly after publication, and was included in the Independent’s Top 50 cookbooks. His second book was produced in partnership with Lakeland and his third, ‘Sensational Chocolate’ in aid of Children’s Air Ambulance, came out in 2016.
Paul regularly appears on television including on ITV’s This Morning, and Saturday Kitchen and has appeared as an expert on Junior MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, The Apprentice and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds. He has also appeared as an expert guest on Sky News and Channel 5’s series The Wonderful World of Chocolate.
Paul was also one of the expert confectioners on BBC 2 series The Sweet Makers and The Sweet Makers Christmas Special, using period tools through the ages to create taste sensations.
He also headlines at consumer exhibitions including the Cake & Bake Show, Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live. In 2014, the International Chocolate Awards named Paul Outstanding British Chocolatier. Paul also regularly works as an ambassador for international brands including California Prunes, Billington’s unrefined sugars, Lakeland, Guittard Chocolate and Rémy Martin.
Paul’s dedication to his craft, his personality and his experimental creativity shine through in the quality of his chocolates and through the style of his beautiful, indulgent boutique chocolateries.