Angus Kennedy - The real Life Willy Wonka -
The man and TV personality that's paid to eat chocolate!
Angus Kennedy is Britain's Chief Chocolate Taster He travels around the world, often with a television crew, and is paid to eat, test and talk about chocolate. But it hasn't been plain sailing for him at all.
So how do you land the job and career of your dreams when it all just seems so impossible?
How do you overcome countless rejections, solitude and rise above being told you are a failure and a drop out?
How do you make the right choices when all choices seem to be those you don't want to take?
Angus has been there and failed at it all. He speaks passionately about realising ones true strengths from what we think to be weaknesses; but actually are essential ingredients of success.
Angus Kennedy is now available for corporate conferences, universities schools, dinners and organisations that wish to have an exclusive insight into the world of confectionery and chocolate and to learn more about the confectionery industry in general.
He can also talk about what it's like to be a live (non fictitious!) Willy Wonka. It's a fascinating journey of how he became to be Britain's Chief Chocolate taster and Guru and his story inspires, business leaders, children and students all around the country
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Angus Kennedy - The real Life Willy Wonka !
Angus Kennedy - The real Life Willy Wonka !
Meet the most successful failure to live on the planet; Angus Kennedy, who today is Britain’s Chief Chocolate Taster. He travels around the world, often with a television crew, and is paid to eat, test and talk about chocolate. But it hasn’t been plain sailing for him at all. So how do you land the job and career of your dreams when it all just seems so impossible? How do you overcome countless rejections, solitude and rise above being told you are a failure and a drop out? How do you make the right choices when all choices seem to be those you don’t want to take? Angus has been there and failed at it all. He speaks passionately about realising ones true strengths from what we think to be weaknesses; but actually are essential ingredients of success.
Angus Kennedy is a TV personality and a celebrity in the U.S. and fast becoming one now in the UK. He appears in Channel 4, The BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, and more recently has been filming for a US celebrity interview channel with Talk to Aljazeera Television in Washington and New York for the Series America Tonight. He is featured in the national press as the Real Life Willy Wonka, has his own radio show and has possibly the best job on the planet. But it wasn’t plain sailing by any means.
Angus Kenndy was a classic drop out. He failed all his exams, bungled his degree and claims to have never passed a test or exam in his life. He talks inspiringly about bringing out the passion and self-belief that he taught himself over 25 years of hardships and let downs. Angus’ father died when he was 9 years old, his mother was an alcoholic (died too!), he has been bankrupt and on the dole twice and genuinely wants to inspire people through the lessons he learned about life that are missing for people who wish to ‘really make it.’ “You don’t apply for the best jobs,” he says, “you create them!”
Angus Kennedy has also written 8 novels to date, some published and some he says he doesn’t wish to publish until the ‘moment comes’. His novels to date are, Please God I Want To Win The Lottery, The Kitchen Baby, How To Make Money, 222 Good Reasons for Bad Things and others that he is working on. He is currently finishing three more: How To Become a Real Life Willy Wonka, Dinner With The Devil and Who Needs to Go To College Anyway? Angus has enjoyed Amazon best sellers and is passion is in writing and communicating an often much deeper message..
Angus Kennedy is now available to speak at conferences, universities schools, dinners and organisations that wish to have an exclusive insight into the world of confectionery and chocolate and to learn more about the confectionery industry in general.
He can also talk about what it’s like to be a live (non fictitious!) Willy Wonka. It’s a fascinating journey of how he became to be Britain’s Chief Chocolate taster and Guru and his story inspires, business leaders, children and students all around the country.
Angus lives in Kent with his wife and 5 children, owns successful publishing businesses and he can’t wait to inspire his next audience.
He claims to be the most successful failure ever to live on the planet, hear him speak and draw your own conclusions!
Angus Kennedy - The real Life Willy Wonka !
I am a professor in the United States. While researching the European Chocolate
industry last year, I met Angus Kennedy.
Angus personally, and through his annual conference, immediately struck
me as a very interesting and incredibly knowledgeable person. He exists at the center of the UK chocolate
industry, connected to everyone who works with chocolate or chocolate
production technologies, and clearly commands the respect of this large and
Upon return to the US, I kept in contact with
Angus, and even offered if he would like to come to Los Angeles, I would be
thrilled to have him speak to my students about his experience as an
entrepreneur. To my surprise and
delight, Angus jumped at the chance.
Angus volunteered his time and expertise, and was fantastically helpful
in allowing my students to gain insight and understanding into the world of
entrepreneurship – as well as the world of chocolate.
Angus Kennedy was great in the front of the
classroom, speaking to two separate classes of 50 college student each. 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. He made real and
personal not just the journey of an entrepreneur, but also the journey of his
My students greatly appreciated Angus’
presence and insights – many emailing me to tell me so. And his presentation has provided ongoing
discussion by seeding topics that we had not yet fully developed in the
course. As a professor I am very happy
to have been able to welcome Angus to my classes.
He fully lived up to
the hope I had for his presentation – and fully delivered. I would be more than happy to commend Angus Kennedy
to any professor or professional audience, and hope very much he will return to
California to speak to my future classes.
His depth of knowledge about publishing/media, chocolate, and business
is excellent, and his ability to convey that knowledge in meaningful and
accessible ways is fantastic.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies University of Southern California, Marshall School of
Business Nov 2015
Angus was extremely personable and related to our young people who respected the fact that he shared his story, no matter how personal, with them. Angus’s talk was refreshing and he brought new ideas and thoughts that inspired those who came to the talk.
Miranda Rielly head of youth Engagement The Drive Forward Foundation Oct 2015
I have known Angus Kennedy for over 15 years in my role in conferences and international corporate events and he is definitely one of our most interesting and important speakers. Angus’ enthusiastic nature, coupled with his experience of spending a ‘genuine life as a real life Willy Wonka’ (as he puts it) has attracted global interest. He is a truly eloquent speaker. In his talks he includes colourful references to his personal life – for example being a competent midwife at the birth of his youngest son, the joys of bringing up 5 wonderful children, searching for his lost snake and the price of courgettes! He really is a speaker that is cut above the rest and I always enjoy his unusual style and creative delivery. We all come away feeling positive after hearing him speak with a definite ‘I can do’ attitude.
Tony Kingsnorth, Director, The Corporate Team
“Angus Kennedy is not only one of the world’s great authorities on chocolate, he is among the best speakers I have heard. Behind every chocolate lies a complex industry and Angus speaks with unrivalled experience, passion and clarity so that an audience can understand what is really happening in the world of chocolate.”
Bill Keeling – Managing Director, Prestat Ltd.
"Angus Kennedy in a one-off and a truly unique speaker. In an age where being seen to be on-trend has made many speakers timid and boringly bland, Angus speaks his mind. His energy is infectious, his passion for his subject unbounded - and he engages his audience with rare charm and good humour. If you want a memorable event, he will not let you down."
JANE HAMILTON, THE SUN
As someone who has worked in the chocolate industry for over 12 years I can honestly say that there really is nobody quite like Angus Kennedy - A man with a heart of chocolate and a love of working with people.
Angus Kennedy brings amazing passion and a fantastic energy to everything he does and I am inspired whenever I meet him. Don't let his quirky approach to his obsession fool you though, in all my time in the industry I haven't met anyone with more knowledge and expertise on Chocolate and after Angus and I have had a conversation I'm always left with a feeling that I have learned something new. Like his beloved chocolate he also engages people from 3-103!
Angus Kennedy is perfectly at home captivating us with his amusing, emotional and motivating stories about his life and the industry – a true professional!”
Levi Boorer, Customer Development Director, Ferrero UK Ltd
Best Speeches are What You Don’t Expect!
have heard Angus Kennedy speak on a few occasions at conferences in London and I know
he will deliver something a little different that few speakers can master. You
never quite know what you are going to get with him. There are many speakers
who go through the motions and he is the true antibiotic to all of them!
is a very aspirational speaker and he has an engaging style and always adds
some great flair to a speech.
time I have listen to him he includes people in the audience in his speech
(often he has never met) which people really like.
would definitely have Angus Kennedy as a speaker at a conference if I ran one, which I
dont and if I found one he was in I would go!
Richard O’Connor Managing Director
Chocolate and Love
Ltd. | Award-winning + organic + fairly traded
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.
Thanks again and best wishes,
Head of CPSHE and Careers
King's Rochester Preparatory School and King's Rochester Senior School.