Creative Chocolate Skills (Workshop 2.0)
Are you looking for inspiration and want to know how chocolatiers and pastry chefs make their beautiful colourful creations?
Come and join us on this two day course where we will explore these techniques and give you the skills and confidence to produce your own unique range.
We will cover the different methods of colouring and decorating your chocolate moulds and tips and tricks on how to get the high shine and professional finish.
We will also look at the interior of the chocolates and how you can add layers, textures and flavours to optimise the eating experience.
Who should attend: Anyone who wants to enhance their creative chocolate skills but already has a core understanding of basic tempering techniques.
- Beverley DunkleyChef
- Julie SharpChef
You are a professional with good knowledge of chocolate. You are familiar with the tempering of chocolate and the basic techniques. This course does not discuss tempering or cooling chocolates.
Designed for participants who have confidence in their skills of working with chocolate, have worked as a craftsperson or completed the Chocolate Academy Beginners course.
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.
OX16 3UU Banbury Oxfordshire
United Kingdom - Ireland
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 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.