The Master Chocolatier Program in Italy is an opportunity for hands-on training with Italian master chocolatiers in their chocolate laboratories. The people of Torino, capital of the Piedmont region, love their chocolate. We will meet the makers and explore their cioccolateria and factories.
Next program: September 7 - 13, 2014
Registration fee (does not include travel to and from Italy):
Cost for this program has not been confirmed but note that the registration fee in prior years has been approximately 3400 Euros, single occupancy, for your budget planning.
One-week (six-nights) program
The Master Chocolatier Program in Italy combines intensive hands-on training at the ICAM Choco Scuola with travel to Turin to visit important Italian cioccolatieri in their cioccolateria and laboratories.
Registration will open in the late Spring.
Registration fee includes:
Hands-on training at the ICAM Choco Scuola in Lecco on Lake Como, including chocolate factory tour
Immersion in gianduja and chocolate factories in Turin
Six nights accommodation
Would you like to be notified when registration opens for this program?
This program is delivered in English.
Program participants and travel companions must be 17 years of age or older. Also note that the program involves a lot of standing for long periods and walking (with bags at times) so good mobility and strength are important. Because we go into small towns, access for the handicapped is minimal.
Want to bring a traveling companion?
Traveling companions must be 17 years of age or older and their registration includes:
Immersion in gianduja and chocolate in Turin
Six nights accommodation
Note re shared rooms – Ecole Chocolat will pair students wishing to share a room in the order of receipt of their deposit. Please be prepared to pay the single room registration fee if we are unable to pair you with an appropriate roommate.
Our minimum requirement for this program to run is 4 students and the maximum is 7 students (traveling companions are not included in minimum or maximum number). You'll want to wait to book your flight to Italy until we confirm that the minimum number of students have registered.
Prerequisite: Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolatier Certificate of Achievement or equivalent qualifications.
Are you interested in qualifying for this advanced hands-on program?
The Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolatier Program is the only program of its kind that allows you to start learning professional gourmet chocolate making in your own home through our part-time 100%-online program.
Master Chocolatier Program certificate:
Students completing the program will receive an Ecole Chocolat Master Chocolatier Certificate of Achievement.
In 1946, Silvio Agostoni, together with his wife and two brothers, set up a small company, ICAM, for the production of chocolate. The family still owns and works in the business.
Along with expanding their chocolate production with a focus on quality, ICAM has established itself as one of the most important organic chocolate manufacturers in the world. ICAM's chocolate is used by the top cioccolaterie and pastry chefs in Italy.
Our hands-on work in the laboratory at the ICAM Choco Scuola will be focused on the professional praline program. We'll also be visiting the ICAM chocolate factory which is a state of the art facility just a few miles away.
Italians love gianduja as well as dried and candied fruit in chocolates – two products that play a big part in Italian chocolate offerings. Italian cioccolatieri also produce spiced chocolates featuring pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, anise, etc. This is reminiscent of the favorite Italian spice mixture called droghe.
**Legend for meals included in your program:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
* Itinerary subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as it appears here. However, the final itinerary may vary due to schedules, availability and factors beyond our control.
Independent arrivals in Milan, Italy. Hotel accommodation and Monday breakfast is included.
Monday: B, L, D
We travel to Turin in the morning and explore as much cioccolaterie, cioccolato and gianduja as possible. Overnight in Turin with Welcome Dinner.
Tuesday: B, L
Another chocolate-saturated day in Turin and in the afternoon we travel to Lecco and check into our hotel. Lecco is a beautiful Italian town on Lake Como. Free night for dinner in Lecco at its many cafes and ristorantes.
Wednesday: B, L
After a morning tour of the ICAM Chocolate Factory, we start our program at the ICAM Choco Scuola. Free night for dinner in Lecco.
Thursday: B, L
Full day of classes with lunch at ICAM Choco Scuola. Free night for dinner in Lecco.
Friday: B, L
We complete our program at ICAM Choco Scuola. We return to Milan in the evening to check into our hotel. Free night for dinner in Milan.
Independent departures from host hotel.
What our graduates have to say
"Overall, this was the most amazing experience of my culinary life! I really learned so much and couldn't believe how wonderful all the other students were!" Ellen, 2012 Graduate
"Not only was I inspired by what I learned in the workshop. . .I also feel like I absorbed so much throughout my trip when we visited the various shops and cafes. I am excited to experiment more with making a gianduja that is as close as possible to the italian version and I intend to make this a major component/attraction of my business." Andrea, 2011 Graduate
"Yes! Yes! and Yes! Excellent. It was getting to the point where I knew that we needed new product, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I needed inspiration. The program not only gave me direction but also the chance to recharge my batteries and get excited about our business. The other travelers provided a lot of ideas and great camaraderie." George, 2010 Graduate
Our Ecole Chocolat Master Chocolatier Programs only accommodate a limited number of students and are usually full, with a waiting list. As the programs involve a travel component, we need to contact those on the waiting list in enough time so they can make travel arrangements. If you have to cancel, we'll do everything in our power to find a replacement but can't guarantee that we'll be successful. No refunds will be given after 45 days prior to the program start date. Make sure you're totally commited to the program before paying your registration fee. We also suggest that you take out travel insurance when booking your travel to and from the program country, in case of an emergency.
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Hand dipping the ganache truffles.
Finishing the roches chocolates.
Guido Gobino in Torino.
Some of the bonbons made in the program.