Rossendale Free Press

Food tech teacher is now top of the chocs


A FORMER food technology teacher has opened an artisan chocolate shop.

Lynne Berbatioti­s opened The Cocoa Boutique, which offers a variety of handmade Belgian chocolates, treats and locally produced coffee, in Haslingden last month.

The chocolates are all produced on site in a bespoke fitted kitchen at the shop located on 121 Broadway. A chocolate and sweet fanatic ever since she was young, Lynne used to bake cakes for family celebratio­ns with her late mum, before continuing her passion into school and university.

Lynne, who lives in Helmshore with husband Nick and her two children, said: “I have worked with and loved food since forever and knew at school I was going to do something creative with it.

“I have always loved making sweets and desserts and now the next chapter for my business, having attended lots of lovely food markets and festivals, is to open my very own boutique shop. I am so excited to show people around and can’t wait to meet current and new customers!”

After graduating Lynne went into a career in product developmen­t working in food manufactur­ing and retail at Asda’s headquarte­rs in Leeds.

A few years later and following the birth of her son, Lynne pivoted to teaching secondary school children around Greater Manchester.

The shop has also partnered with another local business, Mini & Mighty, who will be serving their locally produced coffee to buy.

For further informatio­n www.thecocoabo­utique.

 ?? ?? ● Lynne Berbatioti­s has opened The Cocoa Boutique in Haslingden.
● Lynne Berbatioti­s has opened The Cocoa Boutique in Haslingden.

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