The team at Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier are delighted to have added a significant haul to the growing trophy collection in 2014 which has been a phenomenal year.
The most amazing award was won in the international arena where the Highland Chocolatier’s hot chocolate won Best Hot Chocolate in The International Chocolate Awards held in Germany (awarded jointly with an Austrian Chocolatier). A tremendous feat given the world stage and competition!
As if that was not stunning enough, a brand new award was launched in London back in November to mark the ever-growing popularity of salted chocolates and caramels. The “Great British Salted Chocolate Challenge” set out to find the best salted chocolate product in the whole of the UK. Iain, competing alongside 9 other chocolatiers – mainly from London – scooped top prize with his entry of the Salted Raspberry with Szechuan Pepper Salt. He said “it was great fun to move beyond the common salted caramel – we experimented in the kitchen with Smoked Habanero Salt on lime truffle, Espresso Salt in mocha truffle and the citrus of the Szechuan Pepper Sea Salt was a gastronomic hit with the Raspberry and Black Pepper Velvet Truffle.”
There can be no doubting the fact that this business is staking a claim on the world stage!
Significantly, The Perth Chamber Star Awards saw the business pick up The Independent Retailer of the Year trophy at its awards event at Crieff Hydro – also being a shortlisted finalist in Food & Drink category. The Independent Retailer award highlights the success of the business and the team behind the scene at the Highland Chocolatier. The lead judge described the winner stating “the judges felt that the people at the heart of this business set it apart from all others – the journey, passionate involvement, communication, ownership and delivery was outstanding. It was the level of involvement that the staff had and the extent to which information was shared that had most impressed.” Surprised and delighted, Janice Kennedy, Managing Director of the business added “this is a significant award for the team and makes me feel immensely proud. Those behind the scenes are often forgotten so this award celebrates the entire team who have worked so hard to provide a warm welcome and excellent service to every customer and in the process make this growing business a huge success.”
Perth Chocolate Festival entered its second year and marked the occasion with The National Chocolate Awards, and Iain was pleased to be asked to judge chocolate products. In one of the few categories he did not judge, the company won Best Bar for their Salted Toffee Bar.
These awards follow on from the coveted Scotland Food and Drink Foodservice Product of the Year as well as five stars in the Great Taste Awards – making it quite a year and MD Janice Kennedy said “We have just enjoyed our best year in every conceivable measure – supplying British Airways First all round the world, creating a brand new online shop and our first store in St Andrews, launching The Velvet Truffle range which is a fantastic new retail offering – our turnover, profit and customer reputation is growing enormously, and it is pleasing that it should also be recognised on the awards front. However, we never lose sight of the fact that it is our customer who is the real judge and our objective is to offer a truly outstanding customer service and world-class product excellence.”