The French Pastry School
Fundamentals of Chocolate Candies
Date: Dec 08 - Dec 10, 2009 (4:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Course level: Enthusiast ♦
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Explore the world of chocolate in this three-day hands-on class with Chef Bob Hartwig (bio) of The French Pastry School, as he shares with you the art and science of this delicious medium. You will learn to hand-temper chocolate—a necessary fundamental in making the perfect chocolate candies. Chef Hartwig will reveal the secrets behind producing smooth ganache fillings and shiny molded shells. Using some of the best dark, milk, and white chocolates, you will learn how to make a selection of delicious candies including casted, piped, and molded bon bons.

You will make basic chocolate candies including a range of ganache fillings, gianduja creams (chocolate nut pastes), pralinés, and chocolates with nuts like "the mendiant" or “The Trio.” Be prepared to hand dip all of your chocolates!  As an added bonus you will also learn how to make some sugar confectioneries used in chocolate making like pâte de fruit (fruit jelly) and caramel.
At the conclusion of the class, there will be a tasting of all the items produced as well as a grand buffet.  All your delicious candies will be packed up for you to take home to enjoy with your family and friends.

This course is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for 15 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

Before joining the instruction team, in 2005, Chef Bob Hartwig (bio) was the Executive Pastry Chef at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. He worked at several pastry kitchens including the Rhapsody restaurant which is located in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Center.  Chef Hartwig has also appeared on the TV Food Network and was a participant during the New York Chocolate Fashion Show in 2006. While continuing to be on The French Pastry School faculty, Bob Hartwig is working with his wife Gina and her partner Brooke Dailey, owner/operators of Lovely: a bake shop.  Both Gina and Brooke are graduates of the L’Art de la Pâtisserie program at The French Pastry School. Chef Hartwig’s focus is in developing the Lovely brand as it pertains to both the current storefront location and future concepts.