Chocolate 2.0-Modern Confectionery Fundamentals
Chocolate 2.0-Modern Confectionery Fundamentals

Chocolate 2.0-Modern Confectionery Fundamentals

Once you have mastered the basics of chocolate from Chocolate 1.0-Discovering Chocolate, you are ready to move on to Modern Confectionery Fundamentals. You will study all of the ingredients that are used in ganache and sugar confections as well as introducing you to confectionery software. You will be able to understand the steps in emulsion, the basics of chocolate equipment and chocolate machines. In this 3 day course, you will make more complex, multi-layered confections with delicious fillings and textures. This course is for the intermediate level chocolatier, with a firm understanding of the basics of chocolate.

Prerequisite & Required Skills: 

  • Chocolate 1.0-Discovering Chocolate or comfortable knowledge and practice of hand crystallization of chocolate and piping techniques.  
  • Must have mastered crystallization, piping, molding and firm knowledge of ganache and emulsion.


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You are working as a professional with a good knowledge about the process of chocolate. You have a good knowledge about tempering of chocolate, basic techniques, etc. So, we won't spend time on theory about tempering and cooling of chocolate.

Designed for participants who are confident with chocolate having worked as a craftsperson for some time or have completed a Beginner Course.

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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.