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Angus Kennedy

Angus Kennedy

Make your passion your career and see your students truly inspired to live the dream - straight from the Real Life Willy Wonka!

Angus is a highly experienced speaker, travels the world working with all types of schools, colleges and universities motivating both students, and teachers, alike to achieve full their full potential.

Angus’s talk is packed with stories and real life experiences of his successes and failures throughout his early school life, how he never gave up and overcame the ‘impossibles’. He shares his unique self-taught techniques that got him: an unprecedented book contract without an agent (1 in 200,000 chance), appearing on national television, press and global media and arguably landing the best job in the world - tasting chocolate for a living! With a sizeable income to match.

Angus Kennedy’s memorable story of overcoming adversities for 32 years to becoming one of the most celebrated authors in the USA and the world’s leading chocolate taster, truly motivates and inspires students to do well and not to give up when times are tough.

He is passionate in providing children of all ages with a deep sense of self-belief enlightening their way of thinking, while lifting their spirits with his amazing talk of how to create the dream job and land a high income - from nothing! It’s a real rags-to-riches /David and Goliath tale.

In his interactive talk, Angus not only provides insight into the magical world of chocolate, but moreover, makes the valuable connection for students not to give up on their studies or take the wrong paths. School wasn’t so bad after all! It’s a hugely inspirational session.

Angus’ talks are: tailor made to each school’s requirements:last a minimum of one hour, include interactive chocolate presentations, provide an insight into the chocolate industry, while open discussion is greatly encouraged. Angus is married and lives in Kent with 5 children aged 5-18 so well-rehearsed to deliver to all class ages from primary to secondary up to University level.

… and yes - Angus really does bring chocolate with him so students and teachers can learn inside skills to test chocolate for themselves! Chocolate provided free of charge and strictly on request and permission of the client.

Testimonials from Teachers

"I am writing on behalf of Huish Episcopi Academy staff and students with heartfelt thanks to you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us for our careers event last Thursday. It is inspiring for us all to know that you were willing to dedicate your time to travel down to deepest, darkest Somerset to meet with our students and to share your fascinating journey and experiences with them.

Whilst we will be conducting a formal evaluation exercise, initial comments from the students have been really positive. Many of them have been talking about the fact that you can 'make a living out of chocolate'. However the real inspiration lies from the story within and that is the message that most students will take with them. We talk a lot in school about 'growth mindset' and you are a shining example of how that approach to life can lead to positive outcomes both on a personal and professional level."

– Emma Higman, Independent Careers Adviser, Huish Episcopi Academy

"What a wonderful morning St Paul's Cray Primary school had. Angus told the school his life journey and how, despite many set backs, he never gave up on his dream. He told us you should always live with hope and to keep on going even when the going gets tough. He showed the school slides of the interior of a chocolate factory and how few people were needed to run the machinery. It was fascinating. Then came the magic! He told all the children to close their eyes and then the magic would happen. When they opened them, there were gasps of surprise from everyone, 300 chocolate Kinder eggs had appeared! Thank you Mr Kennedy and Mr Ferrero. The children really enjoyed them, it was Christmas come early!

I would personally recommend Angus presenting a talk to any school. He is factual, informative and fun. To quote a year 2 child, 'I love that sort of magic where everyone gets a present. I have never tasted one of these eggs before and they are scrummy. Thank you'"

– Mrs Sue Hickman, Senior Assistant Head Teacher, St Paul's Cray Church of England Primary School

"Angus gave a stimulating and insightful talk to our A-level students on the ever changing and complex model of the chocolate industry. From marketing of new health trend bars to ethical dilemmas facing the industry stemming from child labour, the students left the talk amused, inspired and more knowledgeable."

– Fabian Pearce, Teacher of Economics and Business, Epsom College

“Angus clearly commands the respect of any large crowd and is a fantastic motivational speaker. When I first listened to Angus he immediately struck me as a very interesting and incredibly knowledgeable person. He also exists at the centre of the UK chocolate industry, connected to everyone who works with chocolate or chocolate production technologies.”

– Levi Boorer, Customer Development Director, Ferrero UK

“Angus is a passionate speaker about the chocolate industry with lots of insights covering a broad range of production and ethical issues. He makes students think more deeply about this industry and we got very positive feedback from our students about his talk”.

– Rob Arnold, Head of Business, Ardingly College

“Dear Angus, thank you for coming to our school and giving a talk for our upper 5ths. The feedback has been extremely positive. Our pupils really enjoyed your talk, finding inspiration in your journey and how you have turned failure into success. They felt that you were high energy and they felt really invigorated by your approach. They also really enjoyed the chocolate! Thank you.”

– Mrs S Miles, Head of Sixth Form, Careers & PSHEE Teacher of RS, King’s Rochester School

“Angus was fantastically helpful in allowing my students to gain insight and understanding into the world of entrepreneurship – as well as the world of chocolate. He was able to relate through stories and examples complex ideas about customers, production, marketing, and industry evolution and structure. He was able to compellingly tell his life’s story as it related to chocolate, publishing/media and entrepreneurship.”

– Fiona Stuart, PA to Director of Development & Head of Careers & Higher Education, Ashford School

"Angus Kennedy captured, with ease, the attention of our Year 7 pupils when he spoke about the publication of his new book Bittersweet. As Angus navigated his own childhood and related the experiences that had shaped his own future, he hooked the pupils with his honesty and humour.

The story of his 32 year journey from an unpublished writer to an acknowledged author was both inspiring and challenging. With the promise of chocolate, coupled with his own expert knowledge of chocolate and his role as a professional chocolate taster, Angus’s popularity was ensured! The pupils clearly enjoyed the session and one pupil stated that he was now really inspired to write!"

– Mrs Caroline Green, Second Deputy, King's Preparatory School

"Dear Angus, just a short note to say thank you for coming into school today. On entering my classroom for an Upper 5th lesson straight after your talk, I was bombarded with requests for you to return to speak again - one pupil said they could have listened to you for an entire 24 hours and another demanded that you have a two hour slot next time! They were really motivated and inspired. As I said, I need to check with the Headmaster and the timetable changes for next year, but I shall be in touch regarding your availability in the new academic year to come in, if you are willing and able."

– Kim Clarke, Head of PSHE and Careers, King's Rochester Senior School

"Angus was fantastically helpful in allowing my students to gain insight and understanding into the world of entrepreneurship – as well as the world of chocolate. He was able to relate through stories and examples complex ideas about customers, production, marketing, and industry evolution and structure. He was able to compellingly tell his life’s story as it related to chocolate, publishing/media and entrepreneurship."

– Justin I. Miller, Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, USC Marshall School of Business (USA)

" The event with Angus went well thank you. The students enjoyed something a little different and the staff who attended were very impressed."

– Samantha Warren ,Examinations, Data & MIS Officer, Meopham School

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