Chocolate 1.0-Discovering Chocolate

Chocolate 1.0-Discovering Chocolate

Are you a beginner who is passionate about chocolate? Are you looking to learn the basic skills of working with chocolate, such as crystallization, molding and dipping? Then this course is perfect for you! Discovering Chocolate is a hands-on course that will help any beginner master crystallization techniques, dipping and molding, as well as introduce you to ganache and emulsion. Spend three days perfecting the fundamentals of working with chocolate and gaining a solid knowledge of chocolate.

Ideal for: Beginners or anyone looking to master chocolate crystallization

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You are working as a professional or want to start up a business, and you have less or no experience in the field of chocolate.

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Russ Thayer
         As the lead chef for the Chocolate Academy™ Online, Chef Russ Thayer curates the curriculum and leads the chefs who contribute to its content. He himself specializes in modern confections based on traditional techniques, while also having a robust knowledge of pastry as a whole. Russ is also a classically trained savory chef, however it is the technical accuracy and attention to detail in pastry and confections that fascinates him.
Prior to joining the Barry-Callebaut group, he was the Pastry Chef at PreGel America, and before this, he worked as a Pastry Chef for the Ritz-Carlton hotel group. He has also held Pastry Chef positions in several prestigious private clubs. Russ is a graduate of both the Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts programs at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Russ has won numerous gold medals in ACF sponsored pastry competitions as well as being a finalist in Cacao-Barry’s L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge 2012.
Chef Russ joined the Chicago Chocolate Academy™ team in 2014 to further his dedication for research and innovation. In 2018, Chef Russ relocated to Montreal, Canada to become the Lead Chef for the Chocolate Academy™ Online. His strong desire to work with the best pastry chefs in the industry continues to push him forward.