Many's the chocolate fan who would say their substance of choice is something best savoured as simply as possible (and there's a hardcore to that group who would likely add "preferably alone" to that picture). Then there are those of us who are content to get our fix any way we can take it, or - better still - thrill to the wonders our country's most talented chefs can work with chocolate, spinning it into remarkable new forms. Happily, the only correct response to offer here is "we'll take one of each". And, no, we won't be sharing.
WORDS: FIONA DONNELLY, SUE DYSON & ROGER McSHANE, MICHAEL HARDEN & PAT NOURSE