Move over Willy Wonka, there’s a new kid on the block..
Nicholas, what’s your professional background and why chocolate?
Have you faced any challenges setting up shop?
Do you have a signature chocolate?
What’s an ingredient you can’t live without?
Do you have a go-to recipe book?
Milk, Dark or White Chocolate?
Milk chocolate is my personal favourite because of its fluidity. It’s also really versatile ingredient that I enjoy pairing with other flavours. It’s universally popular with customers too and I’m always working with it, so Domea Favour milk chocolate is as fresh as you can possibly get. I make it, cut it, and it’s already halfway out the door!
What’s a surprisingly good flavour combination?
What you create is only limited by your imagination. I love to be playful with my ideas. That is especially true of creative flavour combinations; once you understand flavours and see people’s reactions, you start to test the limits and push barriers. Chocolate and rosemary work beautifully together, as does beetroot and pecan. Plum, coffee and coconut are surprisingly incredible together too.
What’s your top kitchen hack?
I’ve picked up plenty over two decades in the fine dining industry, but one particularly useful tip is to massage some olive oil into your hands before working with foods that stain – particularly beetroot. It lets your hands escape blemish free!
Least favourite industry fad?
Any other local businesses you’d like to give a shout out to?
I’m delighted to open the doors at Royal William Yard; it has an amazing atmosphere and there are some really vibrant restaurants, bars, shops and cafes here that are well worth a visit. We are blessed, in Plymouth, to have loads of exciting independent businesses and I hope, as we go into tighter lockdown restrictions in the lead up to Christmas, that people will give them as much support as they can.
Feeling peckish? You’ll find Domea Favour at Unit 6, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP. Alternatively, call ahead on 0734155 3988 or find them online: www.domeafavourchocolate.co.uk