Willie Harcourt-Cooze
British entrepreneur who came to public prominence in 2008 with the airing of the fly-on-the-wall documentary, Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory, centred around his efforts to be one of the first Britain's since the Cadbury family to grow, import and produce their own chocolate.
Willie Harcourt-Cooze
William "Willie" George Harcourt-Cooze, is a British-based entrepreneur. He came to public prominence in 2008 with the airing of the Channel4 fly-on-the-wall documentary, Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory, which centred around his efforts to grow, import and produce his own chocolate.  
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Mad Month of Chocolate at Baroque Bistro! - e-Travel Blackboard (press release)
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Sydney chocoholic's dreams are set to come true with international television star and chocolate producer Willie Harcourt-Cooze confirmed to visit Australia this October! London based Willie will join the team at Baroque Bistro and Patisserie as part
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The dream factory - Sydney Morning Herald
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Willie Harcourt-Cooze grows his own cacao beans in South America, makes chocolate in the English countryside and talks about it on TV. Ten years ago, my then wife, Tania, and I came back from Venezuela, where we had been living for more than a decade
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Willie takes the cake - Independent Online
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That comment comes from a friend who could not resist taking a large forkful of my version of Willie Harcourt-Cooze's Cloud Forest Chocolate Cake (recipe below). The cake, which sat in his kitchen overnight, was reducing in size rapidly as one person
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Ways With Words festival celebrates good food - Telegraph.co.uk
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Martin Chilton reviews talks by Elisabeth Luard, Willie Harcourt-Cooze, Signe Johansen, Josceline Dimbleby, and Tracey Lawson at the Ways With Words festival. By Martin Chilton You might not expect a lady in the crowd of a 'Food Talk' at the Telegraph
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Foodies head to Good Food and Wine Show - Independent Online
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... Rachel Allen, Reza Mahammad, Madhur Jaffrey, one of the top MasterChef Australia contestants, and Willie Harcourt-Cooze, whose energetic and charismatic demonstrations, are predicted to be one of the roaring highlights of the show
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Corazón peruano: los anticuchos llegaron a Beverly Hills - El Comercio.pe
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“Queremos que Picca sea un lugar acogedor, no pretencioso pero sí bonito”, concluye Zárate, quien tiene programado un viaje a Australia, donde en octubre participará con Gastón Acurio, Álex Atala y 'The Chocolate Man' Willie Harcourt-Cooze en el Crave
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The Big Feastival pulls in The Charlatans and Mystery Jets - UK Festival Guides
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... tricks every hostess needs for the perfect the cocktail hour, plus there will be the traditional WI Baking Competition with judges including Rachel Allen and Willie Harcourt-Cooze, who will be casting a critical eye over all the food themed cakes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Willie Harcourt-Cooze
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 46
    Harcourt-Cooze has three children - Sophia, William and Eve, and lives in Tiverton, Devon In May 2010 he and his wife separated and as of February 2011 are in the process of getting a divorce.
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  • 2007
    Age 43
    Relocating to a rented property in Devon, England, after several years of assembling suitable equipment, and the resumption of cocoa farming, he began production in 2007 in Uffculme, Devon, filmed by Channel 4.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008 the TV show was recommissioned for a second series, the follow-up series Willie's Chocolate Revolution: Raising the Bar, aired on Channel 4 on 7–9 April 2009 which followed Harcourt-Cooze's attempt to introduce a high-cacao chocolate bar, "Delectable", to the British market.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 34
    In 1998 he started making 100% cacao bars for locals from the farm, with moulds made from a clay pipe.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, after being falsely accused, investigated and cleared by the regime of Hugo Chavez for exploitation of locals, they mothballed the farm temporarily.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    After marrying, they honeymooned, trekking on horseback in Venezuela where, in 1993, whilst speaking to a beach umbrella salesman he was directed to the cocoa hacienda El Tesoro (meaning treasure in Spanish), in Choroni.
    More Details Hide Details They fell in love with the property before returning to London for a year. They eventually decided to sell his flat in London, and emigrated to Venezuela to purchase El Tesoro. They planted more than 50,000 cacao trees of the Criollo cultivar, and built up an eco-tourism venture.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 18
    In 1982, whilst on a night out with some friends, he was stabbed by an unknown assailant, but made a good recovery.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after this happened, he received the news that his father had died. He decided to travel and visited Australia, Peru and the Far East. Having met the model Tania Coleridge while residing in London, he flew to her home in Los Angeles and proposed.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Born in 1964.
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