It is a joy to spend five minutes with Chantal Coady who is, probably, the world's undisputed doyenne of luxury chocolate. She launched Rococo Chocolates on the King’s Road in 1983 and it soon became a sensation that shook up the dusty world of violet creams and bitter dark bars.
Then only 23 and a graduate from art college, Coady devised delicious new flavours, such as sea salt milk chocolate, chilli pepper and lavender, then paired them with quirky designs and stunning packaging.
Her creations quickly caught the imagination of London’s glitterati and Hollywood A-listers. British royalty also became fans and young royals frequently bought Queen Elizabeth II Rococo for Christmas and Easter, which she would deftly stow away to enjoy alone later.
Coady went on to open shops in some of London’s smartest areas. Multiple industry awards followed and in 2014 she became the only person to be given an OBE for “Services to chocolate”.