Creative Chocolate Skills (Workshop 2.0)7-8 Apr, 2022 @ 9am - 5pmRegister
Are you looking for inspiration and want to know how chocolatiers and pastry chefs make their beautiful colourful creations?
Come and join us on this two day course where we will explore these techniques and give you the skills and confidence to produce your own unique range.
We will cover the different methods of colouring and decorating your chocolate moulds and tips and tricks on how to get the high shine and professional finish.
We will also look at the interior of the chocolates and how you can add layers, textures and flavours to optimise the eating experience.
Who should attend: Anyone who wants to enhance their creative chocolate skills but already has a core understanding of basic tempering techniques.
This is an informative and practical hands on course
Moulded chocolates incorporating :
- Decoration techniques with coloured cocoa butters and creative powders
- Origin chocolate based ganaches, caramels, fruit gels and textures
- Decorated Easter eggs
- Layered cut ganaches - finished by hand dipping and machine enrobing
- Elegant snacking bars
- Small fun seasonal figures
- Ideal working and storage environments
- Shelf life considerations.
You will receive a full list of UK supply contacts to assist you with your equipment and ingredient sourcing.
The course includes:
- All course materials and recipe booklet
- Lunch and Refreshments
- Chocolate Academy Chefs Jacket
- Your beautiful hand crafted creations
- A signed Chocolate Academy certificate
Note: Accommodation not included
What to wear: You will be in a professional working environment so will need to wear comfortable working clothes (long trousers) and covered, closed toe shoes.
Please note: Jewellery (including watches) and nail varnish to be removed for the duration of the course.
Duration 8.45am - 5.30pm approx.
Price includes VAT
Your course place is not secured until full payment has been received.
If you have not been on our 2 day Foundation Course (Workshop 1.0) you will need to speak with our Academy Chefs prior to booking this course. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Julie Sharp has been sharing her chocolate expertise at the UK Chocolate Academy since 2011.
Her career led her to be Head Pastry Chef at prestigious venues in London, including the Regent Four Seasons ( Landmark) Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental.
Driven by her passion for travel, Julie accumulated experience in prestigious five stars venues overseas.
Firstly to the Bahamas as Pastry Chef for the Lyford Cay Millionaire’s Club, then to Canada to Chateau Lake Louise and lastly to the Sofitel in Melbourne, Australia.
Then she moved back to one of London’s most iconic hotels: Claridges.
Recognised for her contribution to the Pastry world, Julie was invited to become a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and was awarded Pastry Chef of the Year by the Craft Guild of Chefs.
After completing a Certificate of Education, an opportunity arose for her to combine her love for pastry, travel and teaching and she joined Barry Callebaut as Chocolate Academy Chef.
Being recognised as a leading Pastry Chef in the UK, Julie regularly features in judging panels for the highest competitions in the industry such National Chef of the Year and Annual Award of Excellence.
More recently she was honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and also invited to be a Fellow of Westminster Kingsway College.
Not only does she teach at the UK Chocolate Academy, but she also shares her craft via many tutorials online and regularly appears in major British hospitality publications such as The Caterer.
Mark Tilling has been working for over 25 years as a pâtissier and chocolatier in the industry. Throughout his career he has worked in many hotels and restaurants including The Lanesborough on Hyde Park Corner in London, Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, Hotel du Vin Group in Winchester and Bristol and the Pave D’Auge in Normandy, France. Mark has also cooked for several well-known figures including President George Bush Sr., Cher, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex to name but a few. Mark has received many awards for his chocolate and pâtisserie work over the years: including many gold and silver medals for his desserts and petits fours, as well as double gold for his chocolate showpieces. Mark’s highest achievements, however, have been winning the UK Chocolate Masters competition from 2006 to 2008, and coming 12th in 2007 and 7th in 2009 at the finals of the World Chocolate Masters. After these accomplishments, Mark was made a UK Callebaut Chocolate Ambassador. Mark has a great passion for teaching and enjoys passing on my skills to all kinds of people. Mark is a regular contributor to Cakes & Sugarcraft and Squires Kitchen Bake School magazines as well as the author of three books, Squires Kitchen’s Guide to Working with Chocolate, Squires Kitchen’s Guide to Making Macaroons and Mastering Chocolate. In 2016 Mark took part and won the title of "Bake Off Crème de la Crème" an eight part series on BBC Two to find Britain's Best Team of Pastry Chefs alongside his team mates. Mark also took part in Extreme Chocolate Makers for Channel 4 in 2019 and was featured in 4 episodes. He regularly appears on James Martin’s Saturday Morning specials on ITV. Mark joined the UK Chocolate Academy in January 2020.
You are a professional with good knowledge of chocolate. You are familiar with the tempering of chocolate and the basic techniques. This course does not discuss tempering or cooling chocolates.
Designed for participants who have confidence in their skills of wkrking with chocolate, have worked as a craftsperson or completed the Chocolate Academy Beginners course.
The UK CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and is a ‘State of the Art’ purpose-built training environment with eight individual work stations, allowing for one-to-one, hands-on tuition. The Academy is situated adjacent to the factory allowing easy access for tours of the Barry Callebaut plant.
Our courses have been designed to offer practical and theoretical help for the novice chocolatier through to the chocolate artisan, pastry chef, confectioner, baker, caterer and lecturer.
We are extremely proud to have some distinguished chefs from both the United Kingdom and Europe to help run our courses, all of whom have extensive knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of chocolate.
We would welcome the opportunity to share with you our passion
and expertise to expand and fulfil your chocolate creativity.