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Aneesh Popat

Jean-Christophe is extremely pleased to announce a new resident chef to the Academy for 2015, Aneesh Popat, Chocolatier and Asian Vegetarian aficionado.

Voted amongst the 1000 most influential Londoners 2013, award winning chocolatier Aneesh Popat has showcased his creations at Michelin starred restaurants and to Royalty. Born in Britain and Indian by heritage, Aneesh has fused his mastery of Eastern spices with Western influences, as reflected in his chocolate creations which range from rose and cinnamon ganache to his famous chilli and lime truffle.

His love for science has led him to apply both his mathematical and scientific backgrounds to create the most unique and experimental flavour combinations with utmost precision and creativity by studying flavour components on a chemical level.

Passion for exploration leads Aneesh to continually push boundaries with his adventurous flavours but his chocolate making techniques are also just as advanced.

He's now developed techniques to share with people who are keen to learn about chocolate and its curious uses in every day cooking.

Having originally been influenced by his Grandmother's vegetarian cooking, Aneesh has a keen interest in promoting not only his skills as a Chocolatier but also pleased to share his knowledge of vegetarian cooking skills which have been passed down through generations of his family.