Our Academy

Welcome to the Chicago CHOCOLATE ACADEMY center! Since we opened our doors in 2008, we have continuously upgraded our state-of-the-art facilities. We have recently undergone a total renovation and have revamped the curriculum to match. Based on the input from our students, we have designed affordable courses that will support you in every stage of your career and chocolate journey. In addition to our enhanced Core Curriculum, we are excited to announce an amazing line-up of Specialty Courses, taught by skilled Guest Chefs from around the world. Each Guest Chef was hand selected, because of their unique talents as well as their ability to share their knowledge. Come join us to experience passionate teaching in the intimate setting of our Academy, and work side-by-side with truly inspirational chefs.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, the Academy has courses and tools at your level to build upon your knowledge. Our courses fill quickly, which is a testament to the dedicated team at the Academy which strives to make your experience exceptional . If you do find a particular class to be full, be sure to sign up for the waiting list, as we do have cancellations from time to time. 

We have established a community of chocolatiers and pastry chefs that aims to learn and elevate their talents to the next level. Witnessing our students grow, as they improve their skills as well as their businesses, is an honor and a priviledge. This year promises to be our best year yet!

If your adventures do not bring you to Chicago this year, please follow us on our website or connect with us on social media. We hope to welcome you into our kitchen soon!

The Chicago CHOCOLATE ACADEMY Center Team

Announcing Chef Lauren V. Haas as new Lead of the North Americas Lead Chef 

Dimitri Fayard

2008 World Pastry Champion & Head of the Chicago Chocolate Academy




Mark Seaman

Academy Chef

Megan Bell

Academy Assistant Chef

Alicia Boada

West-Coast USA Technical Advisor

Corentin Poirrer

Academy Chef