It’s the Royal Navy’s chocolate fleet

DECORATION Leading Chef Steven Ward with some of the chocolate galleons             Picture: LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston
DECORATION Leading Chef Steven Ward with some of the chocolate galleons Picture: LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston
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A ROYAL Navy chef has become the admiral of his own fleet after crafting 24 chocolate galleons ahead of this year’s Trafalgar Day celebrations.

Leading Chef Steven Ward, 28, from Portsmouth, spent the past five weeks creating 24 ships to mark the special event in the navy calendar which celebrates victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.

Fourteen of the galleons will decorate tables at a Trafalgar Night dinner at HMS Nelson’s ward room in Portsmouth while ten will be shipped to a private event in Birmingham.

Leading Chef Ward used 1kg of melted chocolate buttons for each ship plus tea-soaked paper for the sails. They measure 42cm in length and are 47cm tall.

He said: ‘Each one has taken about four hours to make – it has been hard work and I now can’t stand the smell of chocolate,” he said.

‘But when you see all the galleons together it does look quite impressive and the hard work seems worthwhile.

‘One of the great things about being a chef in the navy is the variety of work – I would never have thought I would one day end up making a fleet of old sailing ships from chocolate.’