Ritz chef Kieran's 'cooks up' a chocolate castle classic

Joseph Bulmer

Super talented patisserie chef Kieran Charles set himself a challenge for Lockdown Three - creating a Disney Cinderella Castle out of chocolate.

The piece involved 17 kilos of 100 per cent dark chocolate and took about 100 hours to make.

Kieran, 20, trained at the Cordon Bleu school in London before landing a job as pastry demi-chef de partie at the world-famous Ritz in London.

He studied at South Devon College and did his apprenticeship at Salcombe Harbour Hotel.  During lockdown, he’ has been back with his family near Teignmouth.

He discovered his love of baking at the age of 11, initially teaching himself from Youtube.

He says: "I’m really missing my job at the moment, but I’ll be back at the Ritz next month. Mum says she’s got used to her kitchen smelling like Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory."

The castle was made in time for Easter but didn't last too long! Kieran's next challenge? A three foot dragon.