Well-known chocolatier has exciting plans after hiring new chef
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Feb 2019
A well-known chocolatiers has teased its customers with plans to add new tasty treats to its menu after hiring a new chef.
White Rabbit Chocolatiers, which has shops in both Hull and Beverley, has welcomed Joe Mowat to its team, and has pledged to expand its menu “in exciting new directions.”
Joe, 26, was formerly a chef at Beverley gourmet Japanese restaurant Ogino, and is already making his mark at the artisan chocolatier.
He said: “I’m inspired by constantly expanding my horizons and learning as much as I can about making outstanding food, and so I jumped at the chance of working with the White Rabbit Chocolatiers team.
“I particularly want to develop my skills as a pastry chef, something I’ve always wanted to do, because I’m attracted by the science of baking and making things look fantastic – from cakes to tarts and ice creams – and what better place to do that than at a successful artisan chocolatiers?
The shop sells handmade chocolates (Richard Addison)
“I have a really sweet tooth myself, which motivates me even more.”
White Rabbit Chocolatiers first opened in Dyer Lane in Beverley in 2004, and last year unveiled a brand new shop in Hull’s Paragon Arcade.
The business’ new chef has hit the ground running, and has already helped create new dishes for White Rabbit’s café.
White Rabbit now offers a full breakfast menu, with well-known dishes including eggs benedict with smoked salmon, croquet monsieur and toasted brioches sure to get customer’s taste buds racing.
In keeping with the White Rabbit team’s commitment to locally sourced, quality food, the ingredients for the new breakfast menu are sourced from East Yorkshire firms Elliott’s eggs; Staal Smokehouse and Anna’s Happy Trotters pork.
Inside White Rabbit's Dyer Lane shop (Peter Harbour)
Joe has also added a new carpaccio beef bruschetta with burnt onion mayo topped with crunchy cucumber; a smoked duck wrap with fresh seasonal ‘slaw and side salad.
He has also introduced new sweet treats, including a Jaffa Cake cheesecake and Christmas pudding teacakes.
White Rabbit managing director, Ed Hawkes, said: “It’s great to have Joe onboard, bringing an injection of fresh ideas.
“Thanks to him, we now have a much fuller menu, just one example of how we’re constantly looking to evolve White Rabbit Chocolatiers by offering more things to a wider range of people.”
Joe moved up to East Yorkshire from Stoke several years ago, and realised he wanted to be a chef during a stint as a kitchen porter at the Dog & Duck pub in Walkington when he was just 18.
“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do before that, until the chef there suggested out of the blue that I go to college to learn to cook,” he said.
“I learned a lot during that time, at this popular gastro pub well known for its homemade food, latterly as their commis chef.
“When I started to get compliments from customers both there, and during my time at Ogino, I realised that I really enjoyed making people happy through food."