Chefs Cherish Finden and Karl O’Dell Come Together for Unique 4-Hands Valrhona Chocolate Dinner at CORD

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Chocolate centric dinner at CORD

CORD, the first fine dining restaurant by Le Cordon Bleu, is set to host a 4-hands chocolate-centric dinner in collaboration with Valrhona Chocolate and acclaimed celebrity guest chef Cherish Finden.

Taking place on 26th April 2024, Executive Chef Karl O’Dell will join forces with Chef Cherish – International Pastry Consultant and Bake Off: The Professionals Judge – to craft a 6-course degustation menu.

This dinner promises an evening of innovation and elegance, showcasing the versatility of Valrhona chocolate in new and exciting ways.

Each course, from savoury starters to delicious desserts, will feature a different type of Valrhona chocolate, highlighting its rich flavours and diverse applications in cooking.

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The menu is as follows:

White Asparagus with smoked yolk, morels, and chives, paired with Valrhona Satilia White;

Oscietra Caviar featuring scallop, champagne, and lime leaf, complemented by Valrhona Ivoire;

Black Truffle accompanied by shiitake, sourdough, and balsamic, elevated with Valrhona Jivara;

BBQ Beef Fillet with pink peppercorn, celeriac, and cognac jus, enhanced by Valrhona Abinao;

JUJUBE TEA infused with red dates, longan, goji berries, and poached pear; Apple showcasing vanilla mousse, apple compote, and five-spice crumble, adorned with Valrhona Opalys and Mochi presenting dark and white lime ganache with shiso leaves, harmonised with Valrhona Equatorial Noir.

To complement the chocolate dinner, guests can opt for a curated Wine Pairing selection priced at £56 per person, designed to elevate the flavours of each course.

Tickets are priced at £96 per person. Available here:




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

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We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

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