Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Art of Chocolate Work"

I attended a L'art de la Pastisserie (Pastry Master Class) which is conducted by Master Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Arnaud who was awarded the MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) in 2000. He comes to KL a few times a year to conduct pastry classes at the French Culinary School in Menara IMC and I was fortunate enough that Fidani sent two of my chocolate artisan colleagues and me to attend this class yesterday.

This isn't the first time I attended his class. I went for his chocolate cupcake making class last year partly self & mom sponsored. That particular class was RM700 per day. The one I attended yesterday was RM300 for 4 hours which doesn't allow you to be hands on.

Chef Arnaud dipping banana ganache into chocolate.



Chef Arnaud was really good. He makes chocolate creations looked so easy but I can tell you that without an industrial kitchen, it's almost impossible to replicate those creations. The best thing is, he never stinge on ingredients as he uses Valrhona chocolates for everything chocolate! I know that Valrhona is the best commercial chocolate but the prices can kill you! It's not viable to use Valrhona if you don't charge over-the-moon-prices.


Some of the things made at the class.

Overall, the class was enjoyable and we did learn an important new chocolate recipe! Will see how my boys can use the new recipes given to be incorporated into the new chocolates! By the time we leave the place, it was already 6.30pm and my stomache was growling. At the same time, I felt a lil dizzy due to overdose of rich chocolate! Eeewww.....

10 comments:

Cath J said...

RM300 just look see is it??? Woww...

muku said...

mmm.. nice :)

boo_licious said...

Yeah, Jean Francois's desserts are to die for. I had the choc globe he made for Valentine's and it was so very good. Yums.

breadpitt said...

omgggg...thats the class i also try to take...ya..its impossible to do chocolate showpiece without a professional kitchen.talk about valhorna...slurp;-p

-eiling- said...

Cath J: Yes.. expensive leh!

Muku: Yes...very niceee

Boo_licious: OOh I didn't hear about the choc globe!

Breadpitt: Why didn't you attend?!!

suituapui said...

Gosh! He must be making tons of money! I wish I were in that same line...like you and breadpitt.

_WeiMei_ said...

wah... so nice....

Anonymous said...

Hot chocolate made from Valrhona is yummy!

Myhorng said...

nice chocolate sculpture

-eiling- said...

STP: Not too late!

WM: Yes..

Anon: My fav too!

Horng: Nice meh?!! My boys can make nicer ones!

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