Matthieu de Gottal
About Matthieu de Gottal
Chocolate has always been at the heart of Matthieu de Gottal’s life. Born in Belgium, renowned chocolatier Matthieu had his first experience baking with cocoa at the age of four. Over the years he has refined his skill and is now one of the UK’s top artisan chocolate producers. He simply is the expert in matching chocolate with whisky.
Matthieu’s world-class truffles are hand crafted in his Gloucester laboratory. These signature truffles are infused with the finest whiskey, gin and rum from around the world. Matthieu also has a range of Grand Crus non-alcoholic truffles that combine bespoke mixtures of spices and herbs. The Matthieu de Gottal range varies in flavour and complexity with different levels of intensity from mild to strong.
Matthieu added: “I love the extraordinary flavours within chocolate. With chocolate, you can grasp feelings that you can’t with any other food – pure ecstasy! I love chocolate’s un-forgivingness, its complexity and need for love and respect. If you try to take a short cut when cooking it, it will punish you for it. I truly feel a great connection with it.”
Matthieu uses the finest origin chocolate, ethically sourced from the globe’s top chocolate growers and makers of Vietnam, West Africa, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Madagascar and increasingly from UK makers.
In the two short years since his launch, his chocolates have totted up 17 top industry awards from the Academy of Chocolate Awards and the International Chocolate Awards, including three Overall Winner Trophies.
Matthieu has a rich culinary pedigree, having studied Hotel Management at the prestigious Glion Institute in Switzerland and worked in remarkable restaurants and hotels across the world. Now based in The Cotswolds, his passion for chocolate is infectious and showcases his creativity and relentless attention to detail.
What they say about Matthieu:
The Gannet is partial to a dram of whisky too: especially in Matthieu de Gottal’s sublime chocolates.
The Gannet – Financial Times “How to Spend It” Christmas Special.
Matthieu de Gottal's whisky-fuelled truffles are a class apart.
Fiona Beckett – scotchwhisky.com
Matthieu de Gottal is, without doubt, my favourite chocolatier in the entire world, and this latest collection is incredible. Laura Rowe – Editor of BBC’s Olive Magazine
Most impressive was Matthieu de Gottal… His truffles and ganache filled chocolates were outstanding.
Felicity Spector – Channel 4
Sweet Peat: My favourite truffle of the show!
Greg Wallace – BBC’s Master Chef