Once in a while you get a PR invite you just can’t say no to. I mean would you say no to a chocolate and champagne reception at Harrods with the purpose to introduce William Curley‘s new Laurent Perrier champagne truffle creation, to mark Laurent Perrier’s 200th birthday? I thought so. Jealous?
While everyone knows Laurent Perrier, the name William Curley may be less familiar. This young gentleman is a star high up in the chocolate universe and has won chocolatier of the year 4 times since 2007. What makes his chocolates special must be the fact that behind every successful man there is a woman. William Curley’s wife is Japanese and he uses oriental flavours and the minimalistic Japanese approach as an inspiration for his work.
William Curley came across as a genuinely nice, down-to-earth guy when he explained to us the art of making high quality chocolate.
I tremendously enjoyed William Curley’s patisserie. I managed to try most of the beautiful little cakes, and admired the balance of flavours as well as the lightness and freshness that one seldom gets in supposedly heavy cakes.
I don’t like champagne truffles usually, too sweet, too overpowering alcoholic taste, too thick a shell. William Curley’s champagne truffles however were beautiful. The thinnest shell possible contained a dark chocolate ganache with just a subtle hint of champagne.
The reason why I was invited to this event was the introduction of this (Christmas) luxury present range: A 250g box of Laurent-Perrier Champagne Truffles by William Curley with a half bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne retails at £52 and a 36 piece box of Laurent-Perrier Vintage Bellini Chocolates by William Curley with a 75cl bottle of Laurent-Perrier Vintage Champagne sells at £110. We are usually not doing luxury on Hungry in London, but maybe you won the lottery recently or are fortunate enough to still get a bonus. In any case, that’s certainly not a bad present to receive!