5 Day Chocolate Business Start-up Course

5 Day Chocolate Business Start-up Course

Have you ever thought about becoming a chocolatier and opening a chocolate shop or making chocolates for local wholesale, then this Chocolate Business Start up Course could be your first step towards that journey!  Join us at the Callebaut's UK Chocolate Academy™ in Banbury where we specialise in training and updating chocolate professionals from the serious novice to the successful chocolatier.
Who should attend:  Anyone who is thinking of becoming a chocolatier and opening a chocolate business.
This is an informative theoretical and practical course.
Day 1 – Duration 12.00 - 7.00pm approx.
Lunch Time Arrival - Finishing at approximately 7pm after a light supper with the Academy Team
Introduction to the Chocolate Industry
Theoretical explanation of the journey from cocoa bean to finished chocolate bar
'Cocoa Horizon'
Factory Tour 
Professional Chocolate Tasting 
How to choose the right Chocolate for the right  Application
Review of UK supplier contacts to assist you in Planning a Small Chocolate Business
Explore the Callebaut Website for Tutorials on Chocolate Techniques
Environmental health and trading standards guidelines
Day 2 – 9.00 - 5.30pm approx.
Science of Tempering Chocolate Presentation 
Ideal Working and Storage Environments 
Identifying Common Faults within Chocolate Production 
Hand Tempering : Table Top : Seeding : Microwave tempering  
Practical Session covering: Chocolate Bars : Bark : Figures : Lollipops : Moulded Chocolates by Hand
Preparation of Fillings 
Machine Options – First Purchase Consideration
Selling Tips & Negotiation Workshop

Day 3 – 9.00 - 5.30pm approx.
Production using Automatic Tempering Machines

Modern Decoration Techniques using Coloured Cocoa Butters and Creative Powders
Short and Long Shelf Life Ganaches for Moulded and Enrobed Chocolates: including cold and hot Infusions : Science behind Ganaches
Chocolate Truffles Classical and Contemporary Decoration
Traditional and Creative Easter Eggs
Marketing Trends Presentation

Day 4 – 9.00 - 5.30pm approx.
Shelf Life of Chocolate Consideration
Parameters that affect Shelf Life
How to Calculate the Shelf Life of a Ganache and change it to the Shelf Life you need to meet customer expectation
Enrobing of Chocolates by Hand and Machine
Making of Chocolate Products currently on Trend
Group Dinner with the Academy Team
Insight into Human Resources considerations

Day 5 – 9.00 - 4.00pm
How to Improve your Marketing with Effective Social Media
Marketing Trends Presentation
Environmental Health and Trading Standards consideration
Labeling of Chocolate Boxes
Professional Packaging of products made over the weeks course
How to Store Finished Chocolates
Selling and Costing of Chocolates Guideline
Where now?  One to One Business Target Consultation

The course includes:

·         2 Professional Callebaut chefs jacket
·         All recipes and technical booklet
·         All of your professionally packaged chocolate creations
·         Hospitality includes two evening meals 'this does not include accommodation'   

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.

Prices include VAT



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CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centre United Kingdom, Banbury
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  • Beverley DunkleyChef
  • Julie SharpChef
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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.