Over 580 carefully packed chocolates poured into Westminster Kingsway College to be judged at the Academy of Chocolate’s 8th Awards in April. The confections came from both small artisans and major international producers from all over the world, including the Americas, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and the British Isles. A panel of more than 40 chocolate experts, buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and journalists deliberated over six days with the help of a team of hospitality students from West King. The Academy of Chocolate was set up in 2005 to campaign for better chocolate and promote greater awareness of the difference between fine chocolate and mass-produced chocolate confectionery. The results of the 2016 awards are available online at www.acadofchoc.com.