Matt started working as a chef in 2004. He worked as an apprentice at the Palmichael Restaurant in Burton Latimer and fell in love with Italian food. 4 years later he went to work at a 5* luxury hotel and thalasso therapy spa in Puglia, Italy.
Returning to England for his final year at university, he wrote a dissertation on historical ethnic food ways and the evolution of Anglo-Italian cuisine whilst working as sous chef at the Case restaurant in Leicester.
After graduating Matt moved to Sydney, Australia where he worked at Quay under chef Peter Gilmore- winning best restaurant in Australia and Australasia (#29 Worlds Top 50 Restaurants, San Pelegrino)
Based on the Barnfield Farm estate in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. Explore Chocolate crafts the finest quality artisan chocolates, with a focus on single origin and single region cacao. Each creation is handmade in a small batch using high quality products and unique recipes. Our core ethos is to explore the relationship between Flavours and Textures using chocolate from across the planet, whilst promoting sustainable and responsible business practices.
Explore Chocolate began trading in 2017. We offer a seasonal range of artisan filled chocolates, using fresh local produce whenever we can. You can buy our chocolates here on our online store, and at local shops such as Waterloo Cottage Farm, The Dovecote Buttery, Edible16.org.uk and Connie’s Tea Parlour at Holdenby House.
We are currently expanding our range of outlets and will update the above list as our chocolates become available.
We hope you enjoy exploring our chocolate and feel free to get in touch to tell us how we did!