Paul A. Young
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|Paul A Young|
July 28, 1973 |
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
|Employer||Paul A Young Fine Chocolates|
Early life and education
Young worked through the ranks in some of Yorkshire's finest restaurants before being poached by Marco Pierre White, which took him to The Criterion Brasserie, London where he worked as Pastry chef in this most demanding of roles. After working through White's ranks and establishments, Young gained the high-profile role of head pastry chef at Quo Vadis, Soho.
With a change in direction, Young then worked with Marks and Spencer and Sainsburys to develop some of today's best-selling products, and received two nominations for The Award of Excellence for his development work.
Young's TV career has been marked by appearances on BBC2's Food and Drink, ITV's This Morning, Sky One's Taste and the Carlton Food Network. He is a regular guest chef on UK-TV Food's Great Food Live, and gives live demonstrations at various events, including Henrietta Green's food lovers fairs, Covent Garden.
In 2006, Young and his business partner, James Cronin, opened their first chocolaterie in Islington, London. Trading as Paul A Young Fine Chocolates Ltd they were quickly acknowledged by the public and press as a leader in the UK fine chocolate scene and were recognized as being the Best New Chocolate Shop in the Academy of Chocolate's 2007 World Chocolate Awards.
In 2007, Young became the first UK Chocolatier to open their second real chocolaterie when he launched their boutique chocolate shop in The Royal Exchange on Threadneedle Street in the heart of the old City of London at Bank.
In June 2011, Young opened a new flagship chocolaterie in London's Soho district. This new store, located on Wardour Street, is the largest of the three and features a basement kitchen which extends under two neighbouring shops.