Emsworth British Food Festival - Montezuma's Chocolate Innovator

This competition is now CLOSED - 20/09/17

We will be doing chocolate tastings in Emsworth over the next two weeks - come and say hi and sample our delicious chocolate!

At Montezuma’s we are constantly looking out for interesting ingredients, flavour combinations and exciting innovations which we think our customers will love.  It sounds glamorous but dreaming up the next chocolate innovation can be tough!  If you think you have what it takes send us your ideas and you could be in with a chance of winning a day with our chief chocolatier.

This fabulous prize will give you an insight into how we work at Montezuma’s:

You will learn all about hand-making chocolate as well as producing chocolate on a commercial scale.  You will learn more about how we would go about putting your product design into full-scale production and understand more about the steps we have to take in order to do that.  And if your design allows, we will create your product with you!  You will be able to experiment with chocolate and play with some ideas and of course, you will spend most of the day sampling your creations! 

Have you got what it takes to be our Chocolate Innovator?

We don’t want to restrict your creativity with rules but please bear in mind the following:


·         The competition is open from 2nd June to midnight on 20th September 2017. (extended!)

·         This competition is open to Junior and Senior entrants.

  • ·         Junior entrants must be secondary school age and be aged 16 or under on 31st August 2017.  If you’re older, you must enter the Senior category!
  • ·         We only work with natural ingredients, never artificial.
  • ·         Your creation can be anything you like from a bar to a truffle to something we have never heard of, so long as it involves chocolate!
  • ·         You don’t have to actually make your creation but you can if you wish, you can also provide ideas for how you would package your creation but you don’t have to.
  • ·         We are looking for originality and interesting use of ingredients and if these are British or locally sourced, then even better!
  • ·         The winners will be announced during the Emsworth British Food Fortnight and you will be notified if you are a winner.
  • ·         Your prize will be arranged at a mutually convenient date but please bear in mind that this is a working factory and some dates may not be possible (unless you are willing to help in the packing team!).
  • ·         Please put your creative ideas on A4 paper with your name, age (with date of birth if in the Junior category), address, email and telephone number and send it to Montezuma’s Chocolates, Birdham Business Park, Birdham Road, Chichester, West Sussex,  PO20 7BT.


The Judges

Your creations will be judged by the following judges, whose decision will be final:


Alexia Robinson Judge

Alexia Robinson

Alexia is the founder of Love British Food and created British Food Fortnight in 2002 in response to the Foot & Mouth crisis.  The Fortnight is now established as the biggest national annual celebration of British food with activities across the country in schools, shops, pubs, care homes, hospitals, universities and throughout whole towns and cities!  Raymond Blanc and Liz Earle are Ambassadors of the campaign and the Co-op is the Official Sponsor.  Brought up in Dorset, Alexia now lives on a farm in the Cotswolds.  She describes herself as an accidental foodie!


Alistair Gibson

As a former hotelier and now a wine wholesaler and journalist, Alistair has been involved with food and drink for most of his life and in 2014, he founded Emsworth British Food Fortnight which then promptly went on to win Love British Food’s competition. A jam-packed two weeks of activities involving more than 50 events , the Fortnight has gone from strength to strength and has established itself as one of the leading ‘Foodie’ events in the UK.


Simon Pattinson Simon Pattinson Co-founder Montezuma's

Our co-founder, Simon has been creating chocolates for over 17 years and yet still manages to dream up new (and sometimes impossible!) creations.  Taking inspiration from his love of eating out, from local pubs to fine dining, Simon’s interest in chocolate development knows no bounds.