Thomas and Grace Tosier
The Tosier name has a centuries-old connection with British made chocolate...
Thomas Tosier was George I’s personal chocolate maker – a privileged position within the Royal household at Hampton Court. One of his key duties was to serve the king his chocolate; and Tosier was responsible for making and taking a cup of chocolate to George I in his bed chamber every morning. We also know that the chocolate maker had his own bedroom - a luxury and an honour for a servant at court. If you visit Hampton Court you can see the original Chocolate Kitchen that was only re-discovered in 2013.
Thomas wasn’t only the King’s chocolate maker – he also ran a chocolate house on Chocolate Row in Greenwich, which was managed by his wife Grace. In the 18th century chocolate houses were a bye word amongst the upper classes for luxury, sophistication and good company.
The Tosier name was clearly important. After Thomas died and Grace remarried, she remained a Tosier. It appears that Grace was quite a character – she was known for wearing a ‘large brimmed hat’ and ‘flowers in her bosom’.
Grace was so successful that the fashionable painter Bartholomew Dandridge painted her portrait in 1729. Her portrait became a collectable print and she was considered a Georgian celebrity.