DISCOVER HANDMADE CHOCOLATE MAKING WITH LE CORDON BLEU, BLOOMSBURY
"London is widely considered the gastronomic capital of the world, attracting ambitious culinary and hospitality talents from around the globe. By living and studying in the UK capital, you will be at the heart of a rich variety of international cuisines and lifestyles - it is quite simply the experience of a lifetime!" - Le Cordon Bleu
I recently completed Le Cordon Bleu's 'Discover Chocolate' course at the world-famous picturesque culinary school in Bloomsbury. I explored the world of chocolate in a thrilling after-work chocolate truffles and bonbons demonstration, under the guidance of a Master Pâtissier. The origins of chocolate were described in detail: how it is grown, the harvesting ritual and the process that turns this humble fruit into chocolate bars we all love.
By the end of this interactive chocolate demonstration, I had explored and grasped the technique of tempering chocolate and was feeling ready to wow my future guests as the chocolatier hostess with the mostest! I witnessed delicious ganache being prepared and applied using hand rolling, moulding and piping techniques. Following this was a variety of professional decorative mediums and finishing ideas, including chocolate painting and freeze spraying (my favourite technique discovered, freeze spray is used to create excellent chocolate structures).
What to expect from this 2.5 hour demonstration:
- Introduction to chocolate: “from bean to bar”
- In-depth look at the tempering process
- Hand rolled ganache truffles
- Piped ganache bonbons
- Moulded ganache truffles
- Chocolate tasting
- Recipe pack
Highlights of the course included chocolate tasting (passionfruit and raspberry blended chocolates gave us shivers of endorphins!) and learning how to create the perfect ganache.
The chocolatier leading the demonstration was incredibly knowledgable and able to answer even the most difficult and technical of cocoa-related questions. Students are provided with a plastic container so that they can take delicious handmade chocolates home to share with friends and family. This course is perfect for those looking to switch off from the hustle and bustle of London life and to be fully immersed in the ultimate 'Chocolat' moment. Bring a friend or loved on, or go alone - either way, you're going to have an absolutely wonderful time.
“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
- Joanne Harris, Chocolat
No previous experience is required to participate in this course! Please click here to book.
Price: £65 per person