Keith Hurdman wins Chocolatier of the Year at - Thorntons

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					19th May 2011

                         OF CHOCOLATE AWARDS

At a champagne reception at Fortnum & Mason last night Thorntons
Master Chocolatier Keith Hurdman was awarded „Joint Chocolatier of the
Year‟ by the Academy of Chocolate.

                                                The chocolatier of the
                                                year is awarded to the
                                                person who wins the most
                                                golds in the Academy of
                                                Chocolate Awards and
                                                this year was shared
                                                amongst three
                                                outstanding chocolatiers,
Keith Hurdman, William Curley and Laurent Couchaux of Rococo.
Thorntons won four gold awards in total, with Keith collecting awards for
his Raspberry & Rose, Crunchy Praline and Vanilla Caramel with crunchy
sea salt in the awards, all created for Thorntons Centenary this year and
included in the exclusive limited edition Wonder Box. Thorntons also won a
gold for the Chocolate Block Tonka Bean bar.

Keith accepted his award at a champagne reception attended by most
of the UK fine chocolate market, along with chocolatiers and chocolate
makers from around the world. Keith said: “I‟m delighted and honoured
that my work at Thorntons has been recognised by the Academy of
Chocolate. There are some fantastic Chocolatiers in the UK and some
very worthy winners, so I‟m thrilled that these new chocolates we have
created for Thorntons Centenary have been recognised amongst some of
the best in the country.”

Sara Jayne Stanes, chair of the Academy of Chocolate says „We were
delighted to award Keith Hurdman, joint chocolatier of the year. He’s a
fantastic chocolatier and his chocolates for Thorntons jubilee collection
impressed the judges hugely.’

The chocolatier of the year award is sponsored by Quinta Do Noval Port
and, along with his award, Keith also wins a trip to Portugal to visit the port

The award winning filled chocolates are available in the Thorntons
Wonder Box, a limited edition £100 box of chocolates available from
Thorntons website and presented in a keepsake
case celebrating Thorntons Centenary. The Chocolate Blocks range is
available in all Thorntons chocolate shops priced at £1.79.

            For more information please contact Kate at nudge on:
    m: 07801 442 733 e: or Emma Tagg at Thorntons on
        tel: 01733 542070

About Thorntons:
   Thorntons is the number one „Chocolate and Confectionery‟ brand and the number
   19 overall brand in the UK according to Superbrands‟ latest research.
   Established by Joseph William Thornton in 1911, Thorntons is one of the UK‟s oldest
    chocolate retailers, headquartered in Derbyshire with more than 4,000

   Thorntons has 379 own stores, 37 of which have their own café, and 200 franchise
    stores across the country, as well as a strong direct ( and
    commercial business, supplying all major supermarkets.

   Products range from gift selections, chocolate blocks to toffee and ice cream.

   Keith Hurdman is Thorntons Master Chocolatier. With over 25 years of experience
    in the industry, Keith is an unusual phenomenon for the British chocolate industry
    as a homegrown talent with extensive training with some of Europe‟s finest
    confectioners and chocolatiers in Belgium, Switzerland and France. He is now
    widely recognised as one of the UK‟s most talented chocolatiers. Keith has won a
    number of other awards including the International Belgian Chocolate Award
    and the highly acclaimed „Truffe d‟ Or‟ in 2000 as Champion Confectioner of