Advanced Chocolate Workshop
$165 per person
What You'll Learn
- Understand the science of tempering and shaping chocolate for showpiece work
- Create elegant display boxes for holding chocolates and petit fours
- Develop proficiency in airbrushing techniques for small showpieces and flowers
About This Class
Whether you are working in pastry professionally or are an experienced home cook who loves creating show-stopping sweets, learning to use chocolate in artful ways is pretty amazing. Join us to express your own creativity as you build a beautiful chocolate box with hand-made chocolate flowers. In this class, expert chocolatier Shawn Williams will show you methods for creating boxes made entirely from chocolate along with a variety of techniques to make beautiful airbrushed chocolate flowers.
Chocolate showpiece amenities: Tempering dark chocolate, create a chocolate box and airbrushed edible chocolate flowers. An elegant chocolate display to serve chocolate truffles and petit fours.
- Wine included
- Light meal served in class
- Suitable for vegetarians
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
An accomplished pastry chef and chocolatier, Shawn has worked as an Admiral’s chef in the Navy, pastry chef at La Folie, assistant to Ewald Notter, and Chocolatier for Au Coeur de Chocola. From the first moment Shawn Williams worked with chocolate, he fell in love. In the kitchen, he creates flavors and textures like no other chocolatier. Located in San Francisco, his company, Feve Artisan Chocolatier was inspired by the desire to create innovative and sustainable chocolate confections that offer a unique artistic culinary and transformative social justice experience.