Our online chocolate box auction “Chocs for Chance” returned in 2016 for the second year, and the results were truly spectacular! Famous chefs and journalists created beautiful, one-of-a-kind chocolate boxes which were auctioned off on Ebay over 10 days, with all proceeds from the auction supporting our employment programme Galvin’s Chance.

Galvin’s Chance is an into-work programme for 18-24 year olds who face barriers to employment. The programme is the brainchild of Chris Galvin, Chef Patron and Fred Sirieix, General Manager at Galvin at Windows. They wanted to try to set up a project that could help to combat some of the problems faced by young people in London today, including gang culture and a lack of work opportunities. They were convinced that the skills shortage in the hospitality sector could be addressed by providing some concrete employment opportunities for young people at risk.

This year 44 chefs took part in Chocs for Chance including household names like Marcus Wareing, Michel Roux Jr and Raymond Blanc. Top chocolatiers including Aneesh Popat and Paul A Young also donated their time and expertise, and journalists including the Guardian’s Stuart Heritage and food writer Tom Parker Bowles also turned their hand to chocolate making.

Support for this year’s campaign was overwhelming. The chocolate boxes created by our 44 chefs raised an incredible £10,000 for Galvin’s Chance and as you can see by the photos, the results were truly decadent.

We are so grateful to Chocs for Chance sponsors Bunzl catering, and supporters Valrhona and Keylink, as well as to all of our dedicated and hugely talented chefs for making the auction such a success.

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