Teachers

Chocolate Academy Team

We train more than 500 people every week

 In addition to our technical advisors, the teaching staff at the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers regularly includes Ambassadors who are among the leading professionals throughout the world. We ensure all courses reflect the latest artisanal techniques and product design.

Japan

Kohei Ogata
Kohei Ogata
Chef

"Ogata has more than 17-years of experience in business development and marketing, especially conceptualizing the confection of products. His expertise also includes providing training and lecture for confectioners as well as identifying the market needs. Ogata graduated from “Ecole de Patisserie de Tokyo in 1997”, and he worked at “Salon de the Cerisier” and “Doeux Sucre” in Tokyo. After those work experiences, he moved to Paris to learn more advanced skills from Arnaud Larher, MOF, for a year and then went to Quiberon, France to train at HENRI LE ROUX. He came back to Japan as a Chef Patissier for HENRI LE ROUX Japan, and then was in charge of a merchandise development at YOKU MOKU for 7 years. He has received many awards both in Japan and abroad such as Maple Sweets Contest JAPAN 2006 and Concour Gastronomic ARPAJON Piece Artistique 2007. He has joined Barry Callebaut Japan in April 2015 as Head of Tokyo Chocolate Academy™ where he provides classes and technical advice for CALLEBAUT products. "

Nicolas Bernardé
Chef
Teaches in:
Japan

Got a MOF in 2004. He was elected one of the world's best chefs at the 2005 World Gourmet Summit. Experience of lecturers at Paris and famous confectionery schools in Japan. Opened a shop in 2011. In 2017 to a member of the Relais · Desale.  

Ramon Morató
Chef

Global Innovation Leader Cacao Barry

With no family link to confectionery, after ending his schooling, Ramon began his training in various establishments.

He combined his training with the taking of each and every course offered by .. During a period in which he worked for several of the best Spanish confectioners he also went to a lot of important schools and technical centres such as ZDS in Solingen, Germany, and the Richard Conseil school in Lyon, France. 

His enterprising spirit led him to enter numerous competitions, among them the “Mejor Maestro Artesano Pastelero”: M.M.A.P.E. 97, the highest distinction for Spanish confectioners.

As the result of these years of work, his experience and his constant eagerness for innovation, he published "RAMON MORATO chocolate" which won the Prize for the Best World Book 2007 on Chocolate, granted by the distinguished Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The possibility of connecting with many professionals in different fields gave him ample knowledge of the sector and helped him to realise his passion for teaching, researching and creating products related with the world of sweet things.

In recent years this led him to conduct courses, seminars and conferences all over the world, as well as special endeavours such as the Harvard University collaboration project through the Alicia Foundation.

Currently, he is the responsible for the Chocolate Lab in Barcelona and creative director for the French brand ‘Cacao Barry’.

Seung Yun Lee
Chef

Seung Yun Lee moved from Korea to join the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ SINGAPORE as Academy Chef. She has worked at confectioneries and bakeries across the world including Pinch of Love (Korea), Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School (Australia), Javacity Korea and Vanilla Bean Cake (Korea). 

Seung Yun emerged as winner at the World Chocolate Masters Asia Pacific Selection 2011 and 3rd runner up at the World Chocolate Masters Final 2011 in Paris.

 

Yoann Laval
Chef
Teaches in:
Japan
Yoshiaki Uezaki
Chef
Teaches in:
Japan

A talented pastry chef who has won numerous awards not only in Japan but also in overseas competitions, such as runner-up for “World Chocolate Masters 2011”. In 2018, we opened “La Rivière de Sable” in Ibaraki, Japan, in order to provide our hometown with a “view of the world” that can be expressed because we have traveled from all over Japan to the world.

Yoshie Fukuchi
Chef
Teaches in:
China, Shanghai
Japan

Junior chef at Chocolate Academy Centre Tokyo

After graduating from Ecoles de Patisserie et de Cuisine KOKUSAI, Yoshie worked at “Esprit de Paris” in Kichijoji. She also has experience working at various type of company such as restaurant, bridal salon, organic café etc. Currently she is brushing up her skills by working with top-class chefs in Japan and overseas as an assistant in Chocolate Academy Centre Tokyo.

 

 

Alexandre Bourdeaux
Alexandre Bourdeaux
Guest teacher

Callebaut® Ambassador

Alexandre started baking at a very young age and knew that baking cakes and traveling was his calling. His career started in a 1 star Michelin restaurant in Belgium where he learnt classic recipes he still makes today. Later Alexandre left for Italy to work in a new Belgian pâtisserie and then was invited to work at Four Seasons in Milan with the Chef Sergio Mei. He went on to open the first Four Seasons hotel in Cairo and head a brigade of 12 pastry chefs and bakers in a 5 star hotel at only age 23. He then worked in other Four Seasons Hotel at the Canary Warf London, Tokyo and Chicago. Alexandre than made a royal return to Belgium, catering at the Court of the King of Belgium, and then as a Pastry chef for Callebaut.
 
At Callebaut headquarters he could develop his passion to share his knowledge and keep growing by continuing to meet with chefs from around the world while giving demonstrations in the Chocolate Academy™ and overseas. Alexandre became head of the Chocolate Academy™ in Belgium and led the opening of the new Chocolate Academy™ Callebaut in 2014, marking an historical moment in the story of the brand.
 
Alexandre keeps collaborating with Callebaut, but today he has spread his wings and has launched his own company in 2016 Pastry & chocadvice to give advice, help & solutions in the world of pastry and chocolate. In March 2018, he launch an online software "ganache solution" that help chefs to monitor their own recipes. He was judge together with Paco Torreblanca of an Italian television show "Best bakery". Alexandre is the perfect embodiment of his motto: ‘Live your dreams and work hard to achieve them’.
 
Andres Lara
Andres Lara
Guest teacher

Andres Lara -Canadian Creative & Innovative Chef

A well-travelled pastry maestro with global exposure, Andres Lara brings with him over twelve years of experience in pastry making. Trained at the prestigious French Pastry School in Chicago, he pursued knowledge and excellence in the culinary field, which gave him a deeper understanding to the world of, refined pastry and its Science and Technology.

Early Stints in Spain under Master Chef Paco Torreblanca and in Shanghai under Chef Eric Perez, greatly inspired a love for both learning and travel

Having had the opportunity of working with renowned chefs from all over the world, Lara gained many valuable experiences at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Bagatelle in Norway, ElBulli in Spain, Noma in Denmark, and Iggy’s in Singapore. Other forms of inspiration that fuel his knowledge on the science of pastry making include being assistant to Ramon Morato at the then Chocovic Chocolate Academy in Vic, Spain.

Having been Cacao Barry’s Regional Chef for Asia pacific, brought him to the Tokyo Chocolate Academy where he was part of the opening team, as well as realizing demonstrations and teaching classes all over Asia, as well as Europe, North and South America.

Over the years, Lara developed a unique style reflecting sophistication and elegance in his creations.

Arnaud Larher
Arnaud Larher
Guest teacher

Arnaud Larher has been called the “Star of Montmartre,” and one look through the window of his superb shop on Rue Caulaincourt in Paris leaves no doubt as to why. Awarded the distinction of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007, Larher, still in his early thirties, worked at Dalloyau and Fauchon before opening his own store. His boutique attracts chocolate fans from around the world.

Christian Camprini
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Member of the Association des pâtissiers de la Côte d’Azur. Following a large experience in restaurants of prestigious hotels and restaurants in the South of France, such as Negresco in Nice or Le Relais et Château La Chèvre d’Or in Eze Village, Christian revealed a new passion for chocolate. After winning many competitions, he was awarded the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier” de France in 2003.

Christophe Morel
Christophe Morel
Guest teacher

Master Chocolatier and Pastry Chef - Chocolate Ambassador’s Club Member

Born in France, Christophe comes from a family of pastry chefs.

At a young age, he took classes and became a pastry chef and chocolatier. His passion for chocolate and his knowledge of blending flavours, coupled with his talent and creativity propelled him into the limelight.

Recipient of numerous honours such as the Grand Prix Canadien de la Chocolaterie in 2003 and the Coupe du Monde de Pâtisserie de Lyon in 2005, he continues to dazzle the eye and treat the palate. Savouring a chocolate concocted by Christophe Morel is offering oneself a delicious moment of pleasure. Chef Morel was selected to represent Canada in the last two World Chocolate Masters competitions.

@cmorelchocolatier

Daisuke Mori
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Daisuke Yamanouchi
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

After graduating from Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Daisuke Yamanouchi spent 3 years as a wholesaler at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo which is a Japan's largest and most famous wholesale fish market. After this, he decided to start a career in pastry industry and went to Ecole Tsuji Tokyo. Later he spent 6 years at Les Entremets Kunitachi, then went to Switzerland and moved to Paris to work at the pastry shop of MOF Laurent Duchêne. Yamanouchi joined the team of MOF Chocolatier Patrick Roger as Art Director and became sous-chef. After working there for 10 years, he came back to Japan in February 2015.

Deniz Karaca
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Singapore

Executive Pastry Chef & Chocolatier Deniz Karaca completed his culinary training in Germany where he was awarded the title of a master craftsman in his trade. He has many years of experience in 5 star hotels, restaurants and on-board cruise ships. Since migrating to Australia in 2008 he has been named Australia’s and Asia Pacific’s #1 Chocolatier and most recently Australia’s Patissier of the Year 2016. He is currently appointed as Executive Pastry Chef for Epicure in Victoria and Managing Director and Head Chocolatier for Cuvée Chocolate.

Emmanuel Ryon
Guest teacher

He is one of the most respected and refined ice cream masters in the world. 25 years of experience, World Pastry Champion in Lyon 1999 with France, and Meilleur Ouvrier de France Glacier 2000, are milestones of the life of a great professional. His work philosophy in formulation is well explained in his book, Apprenez l’Art de la Glace et des Sorbets (2002), available only in French. The book details ice cream making from the traditional French perspective, with the ideal formulation to boost the ice creams’ flavors and textures to the max. Ice creams and sorbets, ice cream aperitifs, ice cream petit fours, nougats, plated desserts, savory ice creams, ice cream cups, among other creations, are found within the pages of this great book.

His last adventure is the opening of the ice cream shop, Une Glace à Paris, in 2015, with which he returns to ice cream, his true passion. In collaboration with the pastry chef Olivier Ménard, this ice cream shop recreates great classics of pastry and ice cream through an ornamental aesthetic, inspired by the past and with a very personal vision of the flavor influenced by travel. In his creations, Ryon proposes attractive sets of textures, which take the customer to a new level in the tasting of ice cream, with creations that reinterpret the past with the mastery of one of the most refined and versatile professionals.

Beyond ice cream making, his versatility in other disciplines such as pastry and plated desserts is also well-known, a virtue that has deepened in his time in Café Pouchkine and in the creative development of the desserts of the restaurants of the prestigious chef, Anne-Sophie Pic.

@emmanuelryon

@une_glace_a_paris

Frank Haasnoot
Guest teacher

Frank Haasnoot is a Dutch pastry chef. With over over 23 years’ experience, he is currently working as a freelance consultant.

Post completing his education, Frank started working for several pastry brands around the globe. Frank has worked in Holland, New York (La Tulipe Desserts), Kuwait (the Victorian), Taiwan (Mandarin Oriental Hotel) and Hong Kong (the Peninsula Hotel).

He has been a part of multiple national and international Pastry Competitions. In 2011, he was the winner of the World Chocolate Masters in Paris.

It was in mid 2017 that Frank decided to move back to Europe and start his freelance career to be able to teach and develop his work freely.

@FrankHaasnoot

Fumiyuki Kanai
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Chef Patissier of UN GRAIN

Born in 1978. After graduating from Ecole Tsuji Tokyo, Fumiyuki worked at BIGOT TOKYO.

In 2009, he moved to France to develop his skills and career. While he worked at 3 star restaurant, RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY PARIS, he was also representative of chef patissier at 1 star restaurant, LE CHIBERTA.

Later he came back to Japan in 2011, he worked at bistro BENOIT as chef patissier.

In 2014, he took up a post of Chef Patissier at UN GRAIN where he is still working.

Gael Etrillard
Gael Etrillard
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

After an early career in Michelin Star restaurants in France where he spent seven years, and luxury Hotels in London for four years, Gaël left for Asia where he’s now been working for the past 15 years.

He worked in various countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and The Philippines.

In 2006, he moved to Singapore to work at Equinox Complex, where world’s renowned French fine dining Jaan is located, ranked 11th place on Asia’s best restaurant.

From 2009 to 2014, he was Executive Pastry Chef at the legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore, where he had the opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s famous chef such as Bruno Menard, Marc Heaberlin, Alvin Lee, Shuzo Kishida, Gerald Passedat, Gilles Goujon to name just a few.

Gael has joined Les Vergers Boiron in 2014 to cover the Asia Pacific region as area pastry chef. This job includes demonstrations, consulting, research & development and training.

Hideo Sudo
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Owner Chef of Boulangerie Sudo

Award winning bakery chef, Hideo Sudo was born in 1974.  After graduating Ecole Tsuji Tokyo, he worked at famous shops such as  Maison de Petit Four, Taillevent Joel Robuchon, Peltier and Mariage de farine.

In 2009, he opened his own shop, Boulangerie Sudo which is one of the most popular bakery shop in Japan.

Hiroyuki Emori
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Singapore

Chef Hiroyuki Emori worked under Franck Fresson at the shop of M.O.F. Relais Desserts International “Pâtisserie Fresson”. After he came back to Japan, he worked at “Avril de Bergue” as Chef Pattisier, then engaged in the starting-up the ice cream cake shop “Glaciel” at Omotesando in 2012. He won several contests and the most recent award he won is “The World Trophy of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate FIPGS 2015”.

 

Hisashi Onobayashi
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Singapore

Chocolate Sector Chef , Club Harie

Hisashi Onobayashi is the winner of Japan World Chocolate Master 2015 and 2nd place of World Chocolate Masters 2015. In 2017, he was appointed as Cacao Barry Ambassador.

Born in 1979 in Shiga prefecture. After graduating from University, he joined current company “Club Harie” and started his career as chocolate chef in 2002. He has competed in several competitions and won many awards related to chocolate.

He was awarded Gold Medal at “Japan Cake Show” in the chocolate showpiece section in 2007, Winner at “Top of Patissier” in 2010 in the Chocolate showpiece and entremet category, World Winner as Team Japan at “WPTC2012” in Chocolate showpiece and the category award.

Johan Martin
Guest teacher

Pastry Instructor, Bellouet Conseil School in Paris

Career
• Began at Maison Debieux alongside Chef Stéphane Glacier, MOF Pâtissier
• 2009-present, teaches French pastry courses for professionals at Bellouet Conseil School in Paris directed by Chef Jean Michel Perruchon, MOF Pâtissier
Awards
• 2007, Pastry World Cup in Phoenix – assistant to winning French team: Chef Franck Michel, MOF Pâtissier, Chef Franck Kestener MOF Chocolatier, Cherf Bruno Montcoudiol MOF
• 2007, Artistic Sugar Competition in Lyon, France – Vice Champion
• 2013, Pastry World Cup in Lyon, France – Silver Medal of the selection French team
Of Note
Enjoys traveling all over the world, from Japan to Kuwait, Colombia to Egypt, sharing his experiences and “savoir- faire”.

Junji Tokunaga
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Junji Tokunaga was born in Ehime prefecture. He started his pattisier career at Hotel Hanshin in 1997. Then he developed his skills at “Patisserie Natsuro”, “Moriguchi Prince Hotel” and “Kobe Kitano Garden”.

After working at “The Ritz-Carlton Osaka” as chef patissier, he became a pastry chef and chocolatier at “The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo”. In 2016, Junji started working at “InterContinental Tokyo Bay” as Executive Chef Patissier.

Kouichi Izumi
Koichi Izumi
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Singapore

Chef-Owner of ASTERISQUE.

Chef Koichi Izumi is well known in his home country Japan and presents the Japanese Salon du Chocolat. He was awarded with numerous prizes and accolades, including the Entremet Chocolat semi-Grand Prix at the 2004 Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, the third place at the 2005 World Chocolate Masters and the World Pastry team Championship in 2006.

He is a chef-owner of Asterisque in Tokyo and Callebaut Ambassador, thus sharing his savoir-faire and chocolate techniques with other pastry chefs worldwide.

Melissa Coppel
Guest teacher

Throughout her career, Chef Coppel has been recognized for her exceptional chocolate artistry, winning several industry awards. In 2012, she won the Pastry Live "People's Choice" Award and placed second overall in the "Chocolatier of the Year" competition in Atlanta. In 2013, she returned to the Pastry Live competition where she reclaimed the "People's Choice" Award and won the title of " Chocolatier of the Year ". Chef Coppel is now owner of Sucre LLC and spends her time consulting and teaching around the world, inspiring other chocolate artisans.

Naomi Mizuno
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Naomi Mizuno, Chef Patissier of Patisserie MOUNTAIN

Naomi Mizuno was born in 1978. He moved to Tokyo to become a patissier in 1997 and moved to France in 2002. After working in France for 2 years, he became a teacher at Futaba College of Confectionary in Tokyo, Japan. During his career in the college, he won a several national and international contests such as a champion of The World Chocolate Masters 2007.

In 2008, he was appointed as Callebaut Ambassador. Currently he is a chef pattisier of Pattiserie MOUNTAIN in Kyoto and recently reopened the shop in July 2016.

Nina Tarasova
Guest teacher

Having earned a name for herself in the patisserie world with her strong passion, she is an inspiration to all the new pastry chefs. Her first and basic education was at ENSP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Pâtisserie). She has also studied at Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil Paris; Ecole Ferrandi Paris; The National College of Marzahn-Hekkersdorf, Berlin; School of Alain Ducasse Paris; The School of Gaston Le Notre Paris.

Prof. Satoru Ueno
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Shigeo Hirai
Shigeo Hirai
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Singapore
Born in 1974. After working in France for 2 years, he worked at Grand Hyatt Tokyo as Pastry sous Chef in 2006. He became a champion at World Chocolate Masters 2009. He was appointed as Pastry Chef of Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Cacao Barry Ambassador in 2011, and he opened his Pastry shop L’AVENUE in Kobe at 2012.
Taichi Murayama
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Chef-Owner of Chant d'Oiseau

Born in 1979. After working at Pattiserie Chene in Kasukabe, Saitama prefecture for 5 years, he continued his career at Acacier in Urawa as the opening staff. Then he moved to Belgium to develop his skills at “Pâtisserie Yasushi Sasaki” and other chocolateries in Brussels. After he came back to Japan, he opened his own shop “Chant d'Oiseau” in Kawaguchi in 2010.

Takanobu Suzuki
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan
Takanori Sato
Guest teacher
Teaches in:
Japan

Takanori Sato was born in Tokyo in 1974. After working at the famous patisserie shop Ginza Wako, he moved to France to sharpen his skills for 2 years. After coming back to Japan, he worked under chef Yukihiko Kawaguchi at the well-established Japanese chocolatier “Origines Cacao”. In 2007, he reopened his father’s shop “AVIGNON” in 2007.