Chocolate Industry

Teesside’s teacher turned chocolate maker whose treats will appear on prime-time TV

The day math teacher Christopher Corcoran watched a TV show about chocolate tempering turned out to be a life-changing day.

He finished his job and with a few days of the schools closing in 2020 he thought he would try his hand at art because it looked relaxing.

The 37-year-old dad quickly discovered he had a knack for working with delicious things – and almost two years later he started his own business and is set to appear on TV to show off his goodies. spectacular to the nation.

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Chris, 37, who lives in Redcar with his wife Aimee and two young sons, will join TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp for the December 20 edition of Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas which will air on Channel 4.

He will create edible tree decorations on the show and described the experience as “absolutely one of the best experiences I have ever had”.

Chris, whose company is called tr: Eat, was tagged in a social media post for saying that Kirstie’s show was looking for artisans. He applied but was not sure if he would be successful as his skills lie in making chocolate. Fortunately, he did.

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

“I was tagged in a post on Facebook to apply for the show. The only information given in the post was that they were looking for artisans, so I wasn’t sure whether or not I would be qualified to start,” a- he declared.

“I run the home business and sell through my website, Right now the business is just me, but I hope to expand to eventually sell finished molecular desserts at home, and then eventually open an academy for students and disengaged adults to come and acquire the skills to enter. in the confectionery industry.

“I love playing with new flavors and textures. I have done a lot of unique promotions for various events including weddings and matchmaking events. My favorite flavors have been popcorn and bourbon and lemon and Woodruff, but I have a lot more both behind me and planned.

“I love the feeling of watching someone open one of my new mixed boxes and see the range of colors as I originally expected.”

Chris and his family
Chris and his family

Chris Corcoran runs tr: Eat, a Redcar-based company specializing in artisanal chocolates and candies
Chris Corcoran runs tr: Eat, a Redcar-based company specializing in artisanal chocolates and candies

He spent 15 years mainly teaching mathematics in high schools, the last part of his career was as a senior manager in charge of behavior and pastoral care at the Sacred Heart in Redcar. Chris says he started to suffer from anxiety and quit working days before the lockdown in 2020.

“I saw someone temper chocolate on TV and decided to give it a try because it sounded relaxing,” Chris said.

“I found a talent for it and started to develop my skills. Before I knew it, I filed my opinion and created the company.

“Three months later, I had my nine flavors of chocolate bon bon plus some marshmallow and jelly recipes.”

Chris's treats
Chris Corcoran runs tr: Eat, a Redcar-based company specializing in artisanal chocolates and candies

Chris will take part in Kirstie’s ‘Best Decorated Tree’ episode of Handmade Christmas, which sees artisans pit against each other for one of Kirstie’s coveted handmade trophies.

You can watch the show on Channel 4 at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 20, 2021.

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