18 Oct 2013

A crowdfunded chocolate experience

Calling all chocoholics! The Tower Hotel’s Brasserie Restaurant recently crowdsourced a chocolate dessert menu suggestion for a competition aimed at chocolate lovers across the UK.
Now the winner, author of the Lucie Loves blog gets the chance to see her creation come to life. 

We were intrigued by a recent competition organised by The Tower Hotel’s Brasserie Restaurant. Instead of their chef picking the next dish on their dessert menu like normal, they asked the chocolate-loving public to tell them what chocolate dessert they'd love to be able to order instead. 

The winner (Lucie, who writes the Lucie Loves blog) got to see the dish she dreamed up (a scrummy chocolate and chilli fondant with clotted cream ice cream and salted caramel sauce) featured on the restaurant’s menu. 

She was also given the chance to pop into the hotel to see senior sous chef Patrick Graf show her how he translated her idea into a restaurant dish. When we were invited (along with Jennifer Earle from Chocolate Ecstasy Tours) to join Lucie, we couldn’t turn down the chance to see the inside of a professional kitchen and sample the winning chocolate dessert. 

We were all given chef whites and got stuck into helping Patrick prepare the dish. He talked us through all the techniques needed to pull it off, including making the hard-to-master salted caramel sauce. 

All our hard work in the kitchen was rewarded when we got to taste the finished dish ourselves, which was delicious. 

If you want to try Lucie and Patrick’s chocolate dessert for yourself, you can do so at The Brasserie at The Tower Hotel throughout October. Enjoy!

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