Institute of Hospitality Student of the Year Awards 2019, Southern England, hosted at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest.

Last night the Balmer Lawn Hotel, hosted the Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch, Student of the Year Awards. It was a perfect warm sunny May evening at the beautiful Blamer Lawn Hotel, set in the gorgeous New Forest.

Congratulations to the winners: Lucas Kelly (Front of House Student of the Year), Lauren Kates (Pastry Chef Student of the Year), Oliver Dillon (Chef Student of the Year), Chris Moat (Apprentice Student of the Year) and Mila Ilic (Management Student of the Year). What a talented bunch.

It is such a postive evening with enthusiatic students showcasing their skills.

The celebration dinner made by the professional team at the Balmer Lawn, was enjoyed by all. The dessert was gluten and dairy-free and included a dairy-free chocolate sorbet, made with Mortimer Chocolate.

Blue Orchid Bakery is coming to Wokingham, serving, among other tasty bakes, fantastic brownies using Mortimer Chocolate

We wish Elena lots of success. We have been supplying Elena and her Mum Bridget chocolate for their fantastic brownies for many years and are so excited to see this business grow.

You can read more about Elena and her new business venture here at The Wokingham Paper

https://www.wokinghampaper.co.uk/blue-orchid-bakery-is-coming-soon-to-peach-place-meet-elena-jenkins-the-talented-woman-behind-it-all/?fbclid=IwAR3kW_6_ofcse0U4w7JbjFYd9cAw4fUq-jnzzfzFEchtYMMH4Nf1leqaljE

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream by Johnnys Dairy Free Ice Cream

We love the chocolate flavour, but then we are biased as it uses our wonderful Ecuador Cocoa Mass. Created by chef, Johnny Melican. His passion for good, healthy food has driven him to create an ice cream using a unique process only used by Johnny. And after many years of development you too can now taste his fabulous vegan ice-cream. Also comes in Vanilla and Honeycomb flavours. @johnnysdairyfreeicecream

Chocolate milk as post training recovery drink, Mortimer Chocolate and Oat milk is a Vegan alternative

A member of @VeganForum asked this week for a vegan post cyclying recovery drink.

Try making one with Oatmilk and Mortimer Chocolate.

There have been several research papers on the benefits of drinking chocolate milk after exercise, such as running, cycling and rugby playing.

The Benefits of Chocolate milk:

1.A natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle.

2.The right carbohydrate-to-protein ratio scientifically shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles.

  1. A rich source of antioxidants.

4.Vitamin A to support a healthy immune system and normal vision.

5.Electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium to help replenish what’s lost in sweat.

6.B vitamins for energy.

7.Fluids to rehydrate.

8.Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, protein and potassium to build and maintain strong bones and help reduce the risk for stress fractures.

Here at Mortimer Chocolate, we use a natural cacao powder to make our chocolate drinks.  Natural cacoa powder is high in antioxidants, being one of the richest sources of the antioxidant, flavanol.  Most cocoa powders in the UK are alkalised, via the Dutch process which destroys some of these antioxidants.  So our drinks are perfect for using as post training recovery chocolate drinks.

The studies have been conducted using cows milk, which is not suitable for Vegans but a good alternative is Oat Milk. @bbcgoodfood has a recipe for oat milk.
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-dairy-free-milk

 

Christmas Hot Chocolate – is it too early to think about Xmas shopping?

Mortimer Chocolate is as an ideal Christmas Hot Chocolate.  It featured in the @Telegraph Christmas Inspiration pull out, with The Telegraph on  Sunday 4th Nov.

Our wonderful 70% cocoa solids chocolate makes a luxury hot chocolate and is an ideal Christmas gift, especially as you can make fantastic brownies with it as well.

Are you someone who has Christmas all wrapped up by December or do you not even think about it until the Advent Calander comes out?

Our products can be purchased via BigBarn and Amazon.

Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate – Finalist in the Quality Food Awards

Our Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate is in the finals of the Quality Food Awards – Tea and other Hot Beverages category.  We are up against Morrisons and Asda, so no pressure!

As part of the awards we were invited along to the CO OP Headquarters in Manchester to sample to their staff and present to their buyers.   We had such wonderfully positive feedback.   Thank you to @coopuk and @QualFoodAwards.