Chocolate Foundation Course

Chocolate Foundation Course

Have you ever thought about working with chocolate?  Come and join us on this 2 day course where we will cover basic techniques that will provide you with the confidence to create your own bespoke range of chocolate products.

Who should attend:   Anyone who has an interest in developing their chocolate knowledge, whether you are opening your own business or just want to update your professional skills. 

What will the course cover: 

This is an informative practical hands on course for beginners incorporating the range of products below:-

  • Explanation of the chocolate making process from cocoa tree to chocolate bar
  • Tempering theory and practical - pre-crystallisation methods: Seeding with callets and mycryo cocoa butter, microwave tempering and a review of equipment and machinery
  • Chocolate truffles: hand piped and pre-made truffle spheres finished with inspiring decorations
  • Moulded chocolates with ganache fillings
  • Hand dipped cut chocolates ganaches
  • Chocolate lollipops - demonstrating the use of transfer sheets
  • Innovated chocolate bars
  • Seasonal novelty chocolate figure
  • Ultimate chocolate celebration cake
  • Chocolate decoration

The theory will cover the ideal working and storage environments plus shelf life considerations.  You will have a chance to do a professional chocolate tasting and learn about latest innovations and market trends.

You will also receive a full list of UK supply contacts to assist you with your chocolate equipment and ingredient sourcing.

At the end of the course you will take home all of your beautiful hand crafted products and a signed certificate.

The course includes:

·         All course materials and recipe booklet

·         Lunch and Refreshments

·         Callebaut Chefs Jacket

What to wear; comfortable working clothes and covered shoes

At the end of the course you will take home all of your beautiful hand crafted creations and a signed certificate.

Duration 8.45am - 5.30pm approx.

Price includes VAT

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CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centre United Kingdom, Banbury
Level 1


  • Beverley DunkleyChef
  • Julie SharpChef
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Level Level 1


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CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centre United Kingdom, Banbury

The UK CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and is a ‘State of the Art’ purpose-built training environment with eight individual work stations, allowing for one-to-one, hands-on tuition. The Academy is situated adjacent to the factory allowing easy access for tours of the Barry Callebaut plant.

Our courses have been designed to offer practical and theoretical help for the novice chocolatier through to the chocolate artisan, pastry chef, confectioner, baker, caterer and lecturer.

We are extremely proud to have some distinguished chefs from both the United Kingdom and Europe to help run our courses, all of whom have extensive knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of chocolate.

We would welcome the opportunity to share with you our passion and expertise to expand and fulfil your chocolate creativity.

Wildmere Road Industrial Estate
OX16 3UU Banbury Oxfordshire
United Kingdom - Ireland
Beverley Dunkley

Beverley Dunkley has been sharing her passion for chocolate at the UK Chocolate Academy™ since its concept started 10 years ago.

She has contributed extensively to develop a full range of innovative courses in confectionery, bakery, hotel and restaurant sectors. Her love for teaching goes beyond physical classes as she regularly completes tutorials on the craft of chocolate for Callebaut® and other medias such as Staff Canteen. She has also featured in college manuals such as “Patisserie” by John Hanneman and in professional magazines such as Chefs Magazine and Squires Sugar Craft magazine.

Always keeping at the forefront of latest news in the pastry and confectionery world, she regularly travels across the UK and Ireland to provide technical support to confectionery and bakery businesses with their latest developments. This constantly strengthens her knowledge in product innovation and trends evolution.



Julie Sharp

Julie Sharp has been sharing her chocolate expertise at the UK Chocolate Academy since 2011.

Her career led her to be Head Pastry Chef at prestigious venues in London, including the Regent Four Seasons ( Landmark) Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental.

Driven by her passion for travel, Julie accumulated experience in prestigious five stars venues overseas.

 Firstly to the Bahamas as Pastry Chef for the Lyford Cay Millionaire’s Club, then to Canada to Chateau Lake Louise and lastly to the Sofitel in Melbourne, Australia.

Then she moved back to one of London’s most  iconic hotels: Claridges.

Recognised for her contribution to the Pastry world, Julie was invited to become a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and was awarded Pastry Chef of the Year by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

After completing a Certificate of Education, an opportunity arose for her to combine her love for pastry, travel and teaching and she joined Barry Callebaut as Chocolate Academy Chef.

Being recognised as a leading Pastry Chef in the UK, Julie regularly features in judging panels for the highest competitions in the industry such National Chef of the Year and Annual Award of Excellence.

More recently she was honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and also invited to be a Fellow of Westminster Kingsway College.

Not only does she teach at the UK Chocolate Academy, but she also shares her craft via many tutorials online and regularly appears in major British hospitality publications such as The Caterer.