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Artizen 1-4

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William Cur Patissier Chocola William Curley is leading a revolution in London. The Scottish pastry chef might not be the first artisan chocolatier in the Capital, but for the last three years he has been awarded Best UK Chocolatier by the Academy of Chocolate. In 2004, he opened his first shop in partnership with his wife Suzue, a Japanese pastry chef. Last year, they opened a second shop in Belgravia, an exclusive area of London. William has been wowing Londoners with his intricate and beautiful patisserie, and his stunning chocolates, several of which are influenced by Suzue's Japanese background. Flavours include Szechuan pepper, thyme and Scottish heather honey, apricot and wasabi, rosemary and olive oil, Japanese black vinegar, yuzu, toasted sesame, and blackcurrant and juniper. William spoke to me about his modest childhood in Scotland and the genesis of his passion for patisserie. "I come from a little dock town that had no restaurants," he said. "At school, I just went through the motions. I wasn't really good but I wasn't massively bad either." At college,

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