David is a regular demonstating at exhibitions and food festivals such as Salon Du Chocolat, and The Speciality Chocolate Show, foodiesfestivals, Hans Slone Chocolate festival, the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, Foodies, Bakewell Festival of Baking, Ludlow Food Festival, Liverpool Food Festival – to name but a few.
Always a popular feature at food festivals, David is often to be found wowing the crowds in the demonstration tent. Not only does he demonstrate making delicious chocolate treats such as his signature goats cheese truffles or Crab and white chocolate risotto, David also has a wealth of fascinating information about Chocolate and beware he has a choclate sniffing machine!.
Conferences and teambuilding
Educational, yet entertaining, David has led sessions for the Church of England Childrens Advisors Conference, The Methodist Church Conference, and Greenbelt Music and Arts Festival.
David is at ease with audiences from a dozen or so up to a few thousand. Taking in pairing chocolate with beer or wine, and chocolate tasting experiences, or cookery demonstrations. A session from David could be a welcome texture break on a heavy day of business or can set just the right note for the end of the day.
David has also led teambuilding events in London, Dubai and France among other places.
David has wide experience working with big corporate clients providing engaging talks and demonstrations for team building, staff motivational sessions, and customer experiences.
For example David ran a series of chocolate master classes in Virgin Atlantic upper class lounges at London Heathrow.
Design Museum (London)
David partnered with the renown D&D group at the Design Museum in London to facilitate an evening of chocolate and wine. David was working with Court of Master Sommelier Award-winner: Nicolas Clerc, and the kitchen team at design museum. The resulting evening was a memorable and intoxicating mix of fine wine and chocolate, in a fine venue overlooking the river Thames.
David not only has a fascinating story to tell of the history of chocolate, but drawing on his own personal experience he can talk and illustrate the production of chocolate “from bean to bar”. David has many stories of chocolate growers and workers he has met and got to know on the plantations, and so he has a first-hand understanding of the issues of trade justice and the benefits of fairtrade. Students often also enjoy the chance to get their hands sticky with melted chocolate in a hands-on chocolate making session.
David loves spending time in more intimate groups such as the WI, the Rotary, or Mothers Union. He might take a full evening, or play a part in an existing programme, with talks and demonstrations. One thing is for sure, David (and his chocolate!) is not quickly forgotten. David has run workshops for groups as diverse as a group of adults with special needs (pictured here) and a gothic womens’ institute.
With many media appearances on national and regional TV and radio, David is now a recognised expert in his field and is able to engage the audience with fascinating facts about Chocolate as well as giving practical, easy to follow chocolate demonstrations.
Kat Orman from BBC Oxford: “Thank you for the interview with David today, brilliant guest and what a lucky man to have that job.”
Charlene Guy from BFBS, “ as a HUGE chocoholic I was already really envious of David’s job and then to get to talk to him all about it was fascinating, thank you for giving us that opportunity”
Sunderland University Testimonial
University of Sunderland Guest Lecture
David is one of the subject matter experts we regularly use on the course, the students had a fantastic chocolatey day when He returned for the second year to talk to our BA (Hons) undergraduate international hospitality, tourism and events students who are studying gastronomy in their final year.
He managed to fit so much into the day including a history of chocolate and coffee, a coffee and chocolate tasting masterclass and a chocolate and coffee pairing session.
The whole day was incredibly informative and David's passion and enthusiasm is infectious; he really had all the students engaged from the outset, but then again it doesn't feel like learning when it's covered in chocolate!
Sharon Olver University of Sunderland
Lecturer Department of Business and Law