Sara spent many years as a chocolatier and remains an ardent chocolate evangelist. She is currently chairman of the Academy of Chocolate which was launched in 2005 to encourage chocolate lovers to ‘look beyond the label’.
Sara is passionate about the provenance of ingredients, origins, varieties, breeds, organics and sustainability (etc); and particularly chocolate.
*'Chocolate - the Definitive Guide' won the Guild of Food Writers’ Jeremy Round Award in 2000; was nominated for the 2000 Andre Simon Awards; winner of Best Book in the English language in the 2000 World Cookbook Fair Awards in Perigeux; and was nominated for a ‘Ladle’ in the 2001 Australian Jacob’s Creek Media Awards. Sara is updating and revising a third updated edition.
Her second book Chocolate - Discovering Exploring Enjoying was published in 2005 and won the best book in its category in the World Food Awards in 2006. She has also written numerous articles on chocolate; and contributed to both radio and television programmes
Together with Chantal Coady OBE, Martin Christy, Chloe Doutre Roussel, William Curley MCA and Sarah Jane Evans MW and inspired by Kate Johns, in 2005, Sara launched the Academy of Chocolate created to broaden the knowledge and perspective of chocolate versus confectionery. Activities cover (now) annual Chocolate Awards that attracts entries from, across the globe; events and masterclasses and a biennial Conference.
She also has a special interest in food and cooking, children’s food education, wine, reading, France, Italy and Latin America, gardening and dining with friends. Sara lives in a Victorian house in Clapham, SW London with her Wine Merchant husband Richard, and their Battersea rescue dog Montezuma.