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.
 
Come join us for our upcoming courses!

The Chicago CHOCOLATE ACADEMY Center Team

Chef Lauren V. HaasGourmet North America Lead Chef 

“My passion for teaching is at the heart of what I do; my goal is to equip professional chefs with the fundamental knowledge needed to be successful in today's market, as well as inspire chefs to continue to grow their own knowledge and capabilities in the art and science of pastry.”

Dimitri Fayard2008 World Pastry Champion & US Gourmet Brands Chef

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Mark Seaman, Certified Master Sugar Artist and Academy Chef

"In my work, I love to focus on color & texture for visual impact to create a dramatic and lasting impression."

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Megan BellAcademy Assistant Chef

“I find passion developing and working with high-end pastry. I feel fortunate working alongside and assisting a wide range of talented chefs.”

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Alicia BoadaWest-Coast USA Technical Advisor

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