Our Academy

Welcome to the Chicago CHOCOLATE ACADEMY center!

Since we opened our doors in 2008, we empower chocolate artisans, pastry chefs, confectioners and bakers with solutions to improve their skills in chocolate and master new techniques and trends.

Our expert chefs provide technical support and deliver inspirational recipes, digital resources, engaging demonstrations, and creative collaborative sessions.

The Chicago CHOCOLATE ACADEMY Center Team

Chef Lauren V. Haas

Gourmet North America Lead Chef 

Dimitri Fayard

2008 World Pastry Champion & US Gourmet Brands Chef




Mark Seaman

Academy Chef

Megan Bell

Academy Assistant Chef

Alicia Boada

West-Coast USA Technical Advisor

Corentin Poirrer

Academy Chef