Shelf Life Discovery with Alexandre Bourdeaux
We are thrilled to welcome back Alexandre Bourdeaux to teach at the UK Chocolate Academy in Banbury.
During Alexandre’s extensive travels he has acquired knowledge and insights from different cultures and trends which he has translated into his signature range.
Alexandre worked as Head of the Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Wieze for 10 years but now has created his own consultancy company "Pastry & Chocadvice" where he continues to share his love and passion for all things chocolate.
- Alexandre BourdeauxGuest teacher
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.
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
Alexandre starts his chocolate education at the age of 14 at the
Ceria school in Anderlecht (Brussels).
At 18, he obtains his certificate and he is eager to learn more. He works in several chocolate boutiques for the next 2 years among which the famous store of Herman Van Dender.
His dream is to develop his skills while travelling and when he is 20 years old, he has the chance to work in the team of Serio Mei at the Four Seasons hotel in Milano. He will work for the next 10 years for this hotel in Caïro, Japan and ultimately in the United States as Pastry Chef.
When he returns to Belgium, he is 30 years old and joins the Barry Callebaut company as a Callebaut chef. Along the years, he becomes more and more confident with the technology of chocolate and improves his know-how considerably. He gives courses at the academy and he is very much appreciated worldwide for his great craftmanship and ability to teach. In 2014, Barry Callebaut opens a new Chocolate Academy Centre with 4 class rooms and he becomes Head of the Chocolate Academy.
He was co-responsible for the rules and the organisation of 3 consecutive editions of the famous World Chocolate Masters competition.
In 2016 Alexandre created his own consultancy company "Pastry & Chocadvice".
He retains his strong bond with Barry Callebaut by giving courses but he also works with several companies in Europe and gives consultancy to chocolate and pastry shops on a regular basis.