Joint Chocolatier of the Year and Thorntons' Master Chocolatier - Keith Hurdman

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Keith Hurdman is recognised as one of the UK’s most talented chocolatiers. In 2011, he was crowned Joint Chocolatier of the Year by the prestigious Academy of Chocolate.

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Since his arrival at Thorntons, Keith has won two gold medals for his chocolate art.

Thorntons recruited Keith Hurdman to join their staff in 2008. Decades of experience and numerous awards made Keith extremely appealing to the popular, high-end British chocolate maker. Keith Hurdman now holds the title of Master Chocolatier at Thorntons.

Keith is responsible for managing a team of chocolatiers and developing products for the company. Keith also works on promotional campaigns such as the launch of the Continental City Boxes chocolates, themed after the major French cities of Paris and Milan. As part of this campaign, a giant replica of the Eiffel Tower was constructed entirely of chocolate for public display.

Since his arrival at Thorntons, Keith has won two gold medals for his chocolate art, one at the Salon Culinaire at the British Open Culinary Championship and the second at the Scottish Culinary Championship, where he also won best in class.

In 2010 Thorntons won three medals at the Academy of Chocolate awards – one silver for its Venezuela milk chocolate with tonka bean and two bronzes for its Venezuela milk chocolate and its Dominican Republic dark chocolate with lightly salted macadamias. Just months later, the chocolatiers won two further awards at the Great Taste Awards, this time two golds for their Madagascar milk chocolate with strawberry and Madagascar milk chocolate with salted pistachios.

If you have a family member that is a chocolate lover, you can plan a trip for him or her to one of the world's premiere chocolatiers or send a luxury Christmas hamper from Thorntons.

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