THE richness of real chocolate is creating jobs in South Devon. The Cockington Chocolate Company has opened a new outlet in Totnes which was declared open by the Mayor Pruw Boswell Harper.
Chef Tony Fagan and partner Simon Storey were originally inspired by a holiday in the south of France, where they visited various chocolate making operations in 2010. Following intensive training, Tony fulfilled his lifelong ambition of becoming a chocolatier.
The partners have carved out a reputation for high quality, freshly made fare through their involvement in the tea rooms at Cockington Court and their first shop in the court's Craft Centre. The pair had previously run one of Torquay's highly acclaimed fine dining venues, the Orange Tree Restaurant.
Now after just two years in the chocolate industry, they are developing their business in the South Hams region, taking on three new members of staff.
Simon said: "We are delighted to be expanding after just two years of business. Having expanded the studio at Cockington, creating a workshop and academy, we had to look for another retail outlet.
"Totnes was a good fit because of its vibrant community and independent shops. Hopefully our expansion will delight chocolate fans in the South Hams region."
Supported by their new Totnes Team, Rachael Gavin, Lyn Bucezk and Sophie Moore, owners Simon Storey and Tony Fagan proudly showed off their new shop and its delicious mouth watering handmade Chocolates.
The Mayor, her consort Cllr Harper, and guests were invited to try specially selected chocolates made for the occasion accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed selecting their favourite truffles, bars, and making up their own hampers from all the hand-made chocolates.
Tony said: "Both of us have worked long hours to make the stock for the shop and to get the shop ready for opening."
The new shop is inHigh Street and will be open seven days a week throughout the year.