If you’ve recently seen me pop up in a documentary and you’re wondering “Where have I seen that Chocolate Historian on the television before?” you can now check out the full list on IMDB.com by following this link.
If you haven’t caught up yet with the second series of the hit BBC Podcast You’re Dead To Me then why not start with the episode on the history of Chocolate. I had an absolute blast recording this with Greg Jenner and Richard Osman before the lockdown, and I highly recommend the rest of the series too.
Sometimes you’ll see me appear under my given name of Alex Hutchinson, and sometimes you’ll see me appear under my pen name Penny Thorpe. There isn’t really any logic to this, and I’m as confused by it all as you are, but not as confused as my dad; he’s more confused by this than anyone because my mum’s name is also Penny.
When I first started out in my career (more than a decade ago) I was the only Chocolate Historian on the television, but my dream is to build up more of us so that one day we can have a conference, or maybe even a Christmas party. I haven’t worked out how to do this yet, but watch this space, because once I’ve formulated a plan I’ll post it here.