HRH Prince Edward officially opens The Chocolate & Pastry School

Prince Edward opens Cocoa Black Chocolate School by Ruth Hinks
Cocoa Black Chocolate School by Ruth Hinks

On 5th July 2016, Cocoa Black were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Edward back to officially open The Chocolate & Pastry School. This was Prince Edward’s second visit, the first being to mark Ruth’s award of UK Confectioner of the Year.

After introductions by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Tweeddale, Gilbert Archer, Ruth gave the Prince a tour of the new school, and persuaded him to decorate a cake! Also at the launch were many of the UK’s top pastry chefs, as well as representatives from Scottish Enterprise, Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Borders Council, and VisitScotland.

The royal visit was filmed by the BBC, who were working behind the scenes at Cocoa Black for the television series, BBC The River. Ruth’s young children Aiden and Delphine stole the show with their white chefs’ jackets, embroidered for the occasion with the titles of Chief Chocolate Taster and Chief Cake Taster.

After a private lunch with Ruth and her husband David, HRH Prince Edward made a generous speech about Ruth’s international success as the UK World Chocolate Master, and they discussed the vital role of The Chocolate & Pastry School in the Scottish Borders’ economy.

Ruth presented the Prince with a gift of Cocoa Black Signature Selection chocolates which he reportedly shared with Her Majesty the Queen on his return to Holyrood Palace. We’re delighted to note that a few weeks later, a follow-up order for chocolates came from Buckingham Palace!

The Earl of Wessex presented The Queen with Cocoa Black chocolates. I understand they were very well received.

Private Secretary to HRH The Earl of Wessex