Creating Easter masterpieces is a family affair for chocolatier

Thierry Dumouchel, owner and chocolatier, with shop manager Rebecca Brayson.
Thierry Dumouchel, owner and chocolatier, with shop manager Rebecca Brayson.
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EASTER is traditionally a time for families to get together and enjoy some chocolate treats.

And Leeds chocolatier Thierry Dumouchel is no exception.

Despite it being the chocolatier’s busiest time of year, he’s determined to involve his family every step of the way.

“Everything I do for the Easter range I share with my children,” he explains.

“Some of the designs have been done by my children – Henriette designed three of them, including a cow and a zebra, and Sebastian and Christian designed the more colourful eggs.

“It’s important because I may miss something that Henriette might think about. “Sometimes [adults] are so narrow-minded, so to have young people’s input like that is a great idea.”

Daughter Juliette, 16, is also involved, taking on the enviable role of ‘chocolate taster’ and this year son Sebastian, 15, came up with the most popular Easter egg design.

The Lego Easter egg, complete with tiny chocolate Lego men, is flying off the shelves.

Thierry, who was born in France, set up the Dumouchel boulangerie, patisserie and chocolaterie in 1998.

The small shop on Ninelands Lane in Garforth now has a close-knit team of 12 staff.

Thierry, who trained at the renowned food college in Rouen, France, and has worked in Paris, London, Sydney and Tokyo, now lives near Wetherby.

He added: “We’ve found that nowadays, people are fed up with mass-produced stuff and they like the creativity.

“Easter eggs from the supermarkets will be forgotten about by next year.

“But if you get an Easter egg from here, it is unique and people will remember it.

“Everything you see here is passion and love for what we do.

“People come into the shop and when you see their faces light up, it’s all worthwhile.”

Rebecca Brayson, shop manager, has worked at Dumouchel for 14 years. She said: “It is a bonkers time of year for us. We are so busy, but in a good way.

“Because we make it by hand, you get a quality piece of chocolate. We’ve got everything from 50p chocolates to 2.5kilos of chocolate egg for £250.

“It’s not just an Easter egg. We still get kids coming in saying they remember their first Dumouchel Easter egg.”

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