Chocolate has been a hugely popular ingredient in the Western diet for many centuries. Ever since European explorers first discovered its delights in their journeys to South America, westerners have continued to experiment with chocolate or cocoa as an ingredient which, when sweetened, produces hundreds of fantastic desserts.
Many cookery schools now offer chocolate cookery courses but in our view the following are amongst the best.
Bristol, The Chocolate Tart
The Chocolate Tart opened four years ago and has recently taught its one thousandth student. The school is based in a delightful courtyard setting in the village of Congresbury near Bristol and is a must for chocolate lovers. Students are greeted by the wonderful aroma of cocoa and are welcomed into a kitchen packed with chocolate making equipment.
The school’s classic workshop is a great introduction and will take you through the art of creating hand-rolled fresh cream truffles. You will also learn to enrobe, mold homemade fondant inside homemade chocolate and embellish edible patterns onto chocolate Florentines using transfer sheets.
The workshop also features advice on packaging with a wide variety of boxes, sachets, ballotins, stickers and ribbons available to give your hard work a really professional finish.
London, Leiths School of Food and Wine
Leiths is an internationally renowned cookery school with first class reputation for excellent tuition in a friendly environment. The school aims to create an atmosphere where students can develop a passion and lasting love of food and wine.
The school’s chocolate pudding workshop is ideal for enthusiastic amateurs who are passionate about chocolate and are looking for some new recipes and inspiration. The cookery course will feature techniques such as making mousse, a rich chocolate cake and meringues as well as presentation ideas.
Each student will work on an individual station and will be able to choose from a variety of different cake tins and molds. The course also features a guide on the various different ways in which students can give a professional finish to their creations.