1. Ruth failed home economics at school - she added salt instead of sugar into her doughnut mix

2. Masterchef Australia Judge George Calombaris was her apprentice in Melbourne

3. She lives and works in Peebles in the Scottish Borders

4. Ruth starts work at 5am with a double shot of coffee - chefs petrol!

5. Her children refer to the World Chocolate Masters as ‘The Chocolate Race’

Ruth launched the Chocolate & Pastry School in 2009. Her vision was to share the skills she learned during her 25-year career with the next generation of professional chocolatiers and pastry chefs, as well as passionate foodies.


The Chocolate & Pastry School is now recognised as one of Europe’s leading training facilities offering both public classes for beginners and professional chef training for the international market. In 2014 Ruth was appointed a Callebaut brand ambassador.


Ruth’s chocolate brand, Cocoa Black, manufactures luxury handmade chocolates, cakes and patisserie. All Cocoa Black products are freshly prepared each day by a dedicated team of chocolatiers and pastry chefs, to Ruth’s delicious recipes.


Demand for Cocoa Black has soared since Ruth’s success at the World Chocolate Masters, and her regular customers include royalty, celebrities and passionate foodies the world over.

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Ruth Hinks agent






Unit 7C, 15 Lots Road,

London SW10 0QJ

+44 (0)20 3124 1860