Terre de Sienne

UnWrapped

Published

16 May '21

In the latest instalment of the Independent Worthing: Unwrapped series, we meet Audrey Dufay of Terre de Sienne.

Audrey is Worthing's very own bean to bar chocolate maker. She creates luxury artisan chocolate which she sells from her shop in Chatsworth Road. Audrey's delightful chocolate is graced with equally beautiful packaging, made in collaboration with local artists. She also stocks a variety of cards, candles and textiles from local makers. If you are after a special gift or want to treat yourself, make sure you visit this wonderful local business- which we are very lucky to have.

 

IW: What inspired you to start your own business?

AD: Since I started studying pastry, I've always wanted to have my own business. What attracted me towards it is the creative freedom you have when you make and sell your own products.

 

IW: What is the best thing about what you do?

AD: I love to work with my hands and to have a creative job. Working with chocolate bars I can really work with all the senses: smell, taste, texture of the chocolate itself and then the feel, noise, and look of the wrapper/foil of the finished product. Possibilities are endless and it gave me the opportunity to work with some amazing artists.

 

IW: What pearl of wisdom would you impart to anyone wanting to set up their own business?

AD: I would advise anyone to plan a lot before starting a business and to give yourself the time and budget to make mistakes. There is only as much as you can forecast and at the end of the day it’s by doing that you learn, don’t be scared to start small and to make your own path one step at the time.

 

IW: What are your ‘go to’ local businesses?

AD: I am still new to Worthing, with all the lockdowns I haven’t been out much. I have been to FOUND (shop & studio) and Heavy Gretel for presents which I loved. I get my milk in glass bottles from Southern Dairies, it’s really delicious ! If I could get my nails done (unfortunately nail polish doesn’t work well with chocolate) I would definitely go to Leila next door, she has a beautiful salon called LN’Roses (Beauty Boutique), for my hair I go down the road to Twenty Six hair. Chatsworth Road has it all!

 

IW: What do you get up to in your spare time?

AD: My business is very young so spare time isn’t really what I have the most of (haha). When I do have some I like to watch some series, walk by the sea and eat some good food with my partner, Neil. I enjoy spending time with his family, and hopefully be able to travel back to France soon to see mine too.

 

IW: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AD: I am a bit of an old soul, I like to cross stitch and listen to old music.​

 

IW: What’s your favourite way to start the day?

AD: I always have a very large coffee.

 

IW If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things could you not do without?

AD: My partner to keep me sane, an axe to build ourselves a decent little shelter, and a large saucepan to cook some fine food.

 

IW: What plans do you have for the future?

AD: I would like to grow Terre de Sienne slowly but surely, making sure that it keeps its values but reaches more people.

 

IW: Anything else you would like to add?

AD: Thank you for having me! Don’t forget to look at the labels when you buy chocolate, and to ask questions when you aren’t sure about the origins of the cacao. Chocolate has been taken for granted by our society, it’s an exotic good massively produced and not questioned enough.

 

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