Linny Lane - Chocolatière Extraordinaire
Falling in love with Chocolate.
After starting out as a pastry chef in France, Linny moved to Geneva, Switzerland, taking a job at a premium patisserie, with the plan to bring English style cake decorating to the city. As it turned out Linny was placed in the chocolate department, where she developed a love (and skill) for creating and designing artisan chocolate. Creating all sorts of delicious goods, from small treats to hand crafted bespoke statues for some of the city’s most prestigious businesses and residents. During her tenure Linny’s passion for the art of chocolate making brought her to the forefront of swiss chocolate, even supporting teams at the chocolate making world championships (perhaps the most delicious sounding world championship in existence…)
A focus on the fun side of chocolate making.
After moving back to the UK and working for The Chocolate Society in Mayfair and Belgravia, Linny relocated to Woburn Sands to start a family, planning to have a career break to raise her first child. One day an advert for a chocolate evening at the Black Horse Pub in Woburn caught her eye, with curiosity Linny approached the pub to find out more about the event. After discovering her chocolate making skills the pub ended up inviting her to host the event! Due to the fun and success of the night, Linny’s skills were in demand and a new business was born with Linny hosting a variety of chocolate nights across the local area.
Teaching people how proper chocolate is made and where it comes from.
With a focus on the fun to be had in making chocolate and a passion for educating people on the chocolate making process, these nights led to more demand for Linny, who now hosts all sorts of chocolate related events, from birthdays parties and school days, to company reward events for some of the UK’s biggest businesses, Linny brought her passion and enjoyment for chocolate to all across the community.
The signature monthly chocolate box is born.
Around 6 years ago, the Woburn Sands Community Market was founded and after finding out it had been created by a single person named Tony Armstrong, who had a passion for bringing a market to Woburn Sands, Linny felt it was time to get involved. Tony convinced Linny that if she was going to help, she should have a stall, so Linny branched out from the workshops and created a specialist Christmas chocolate box.
With no brand and packaging, only a table with a tablecloth and a passion for artisan chocolate, Linny found herself selling out at her first ever market. Soon the customers were coming back and requesting more, and the signature Linny Lane monthly chocolate box was born. As the popularity of the market grew, a quarterly event turned into a bimonthly then a monthly event. All Linny’s chocolates are handmade and dipped, with ever changing and unique flavours based around the seasons.
Creating a community around the Woburn Sands Market.
Sadly, 3 years ago Tony passed away and not wanting to lose the massive positive effects the market has on the community, Linny volunteered to co-chair. The market is focused completely around the community, with all proceeds from the market stalls being reinvested in Woburn Sands and the market hosting a variety of events including local bands, treasure hunts and dance troops.
The next monthly Woburn Sands Community Market, will be hosted on the 12th December.