Willie Harcourt-Cooze at the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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7 Responses

  1. Gillian says:

    Yes do … I’d love to hear what he had to say … and also what you thought of the latest chocolate bars. I didn’t get to his talk: it was Willie or Benoit Lorge and I picked the latter. I reckoned that I’d seen lots of Willie on the telly. And Lorge is quite the wiz with the tempered chocolate.

  2. Caroline says:

    I was reading your own entry on Benoit and it seems like his workshop was really good. Although I didn’t make it to that, I did manage to pick up a bag of his truffles in Fallon & Byrne to bring home to the Husband. They are such a treat, amazing quality and flavours. I do think that his are the best chocolates available in Ireland at the moment.

  3. I loved all the events on Saturday and The Truffle Fairy at the Market on Sunday had a dark choc truffle made with Willie’s chocolate (see my choc festival blog post), delicious! Looking forward to reading the interview, will it be online too? Have you tried any savoury dishes with chocolate which you can recommend?

  4. Jo says:

    Oh, I fancied him so much! Didn’t hear about his visit til too late :(Where’s the interview??

  5. Rosemary Gallagher says:

    Can anyone tell me where you can buy willie harcourt cooze chocolate.

  6. Caroline says:

    The interview is for the Mail on Sunday and, as soon as I know when it will be published, I’ll let you all know!In terms of savoury chocolate dishes, I’d definitely recommend the simplest eggs fried in chilli oil, cacao grated over fried eggs and it’s also a great addition to Mexican Beans. We tend to grate it on or into stews and casseroles too.Where are you based Rosemary? In Cork, I’ve tracked the chocolate down at the Gubbeen stall in Mahon Point Farmer’s Market and it’s also available at The Chocolate Shop in the English Market. In Dublin I know you can find it at Harvey Nichols and I think that Avoca and Brown Thomas stock the bars as well. You could also buy it direct from Willie’s own shop.

  7. Diane says:

    Hi, I have just stumbled across your blog. I’m from NZ and they have just started screening the willies chocolate factory story. Love it !!! I have searched online and found his website and I was thinking of getting his cookbook and some chocolate from his online shop, since i think it will be a while till we see it out here. Anyway can you tell me what is the best 100% bar to buy to make his recipes with ?

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