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Food news: Sweet success for Sheffield chocolatier

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A Sheffield chocolatier has been crowned winner of the Young Business of the Year award - less than two years after launching.

Max Scotford, founder of ‘bean to bar’ craft producer Bullion Chocolate in Kelham Island, took home the prize from the Garbutt + Elliott Yorkshire Food Entrepreneurs Awards last week.

Judges were wowed by Bullion Chocolate’s focus on using the finest cocoa beans to produce single origin bars, as well as its attention to sustainable and manageable growth.

Russell Turner, of award orgaisers Garbutt + Elliott, said: “There were several contenders for this award throughout the county, all of which are excellent young businesses that are innovative and pioneering in their respective fields, but Bullion Chocolate was the one that stood out the most for us.

“Judges were impressed with the company’s clear vision, especially its ‘Bean to Bar’ initiative which provides transparency to consumers.”

Cool expansion on cards

A Sheffield producer of ice cream and sorbets inspired by the flavours of East Asia is aiming to double its exports to China and target new markets after successfully exporting across Europe.

Yee Kwan, which secured a £50,000 investment on BBC Dragons’ Den, has started discussions with a distributor to target new markets in the Middle East, including Kuwait and Qatar.

Find your own dinner

Foraging is in fashion - and now you can discover how to find your own wild food for seasonal cooking with new courses. The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck offers the one day workshops from May. Visit www.schoolofartisanfood.org/foraging