Bake Off star hosts chocolate workshop at Royal Oak for Alexander Devine

A charity chocolate workshop hosted by master chocolatier Mark Tilling was held at The Royal Oak on Friday.

The BBC Bake Off Creme de la Creme star spoke about the history of chocolate and answered questions on his career.

He also gave a live demonstration to guests before teaching them how to create their own petit fours.

The workshop, held in the pub in Paley Street, raised more than £780 for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, which is building a hospice in Woodlands Park.

Special guests included Fiona Devine, co-founder of the charity, and Sir Michael Parkinson, charity patron.

Roz Parkinson, marketing manager at The Royal Oak said: “It went really well. Mark Tilling was just outstanding; he’s the oracle on chocolate.”

“He was great to watch and it was great fun.”

Fiona Devine said: “We are so fortunate to have such tremendous support of our local community and beautifully demonstrated by our lovely friends, Roz, Nick and Mark.”

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service also won charity of the year at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards on Thursday, November 17.

Fiona said: “We are delighted and thrilled. We won on our values, our work ethics and our growth and our real determination and vision.

“It was a great evening and it recognises the team effort.”

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