The Master Chocolatier Program in Italy is an opportunity for hands-on training with Italian master chocolatiers in their chocolate laboratory on the shores of Lake Como. But, before getting down to work in the laboratory, we taste and compare the Italians' chocolate gift to the world, gianduja, in its home of Turin, capital of the Piedmont region. We will meet the most important gianduja makers and explore their cioccolateria and factories.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - see Registration Details below
Next program: April 10 - 16, 2016
Registration fee (does not include travel to and from Italy):
3465.00 Euro ($3673.59 USD) per person - single occupancy
One-week (six-nights) program
The Master Chocolatier Program in Italy combines intensive hands-on training in ganache, caramels, cremini, etc. at the ICAM Choco Scuola with travel to Turin to visit important Italian cioccolatieri in their cioccolateria and laboratories.
3465.00 Euro ($3673.59 USD) per person - single occupancy
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
To hold a seat in this popular program, a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $1,000.00 US is due ASAP but no later than Feb 20, 2016. Final payment of the balance minus the deposit will be due on February 26, 2016.
Registration is now open for this program.
Ecole Chocolat students and graduates should refer to the program overview in Learning Centre for registration details.
Please note that these programs have been developed as continuing education for our Ecole Chocolat students and graduates. They are given priority registration and typically fill the program. If you are not an Ecole Chocolat student or graduate but do have the equivalent qualifications or experience in professional chocolate making, please contact us at: email@example.com to allow us to review your qualifications and arrange to be put on a wait list. Periodically, we accept non-graduates who have experience in basic chocolate work if space allows.
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.
Dietary Restrictions - dietary restrictions such as allergies, religious tenets or personal health preferences (vegetarian/vegan, non-gluten, non-dairy, raw, organic) can be a challenge when we are out of the major cities into the smaller towns where our program training takes place. If you have dietary restrictions, please be aware that for group meals we may not be able to accommodate you nor will you find specialty restaurants catering to dietary restrictions. Also the chocolate recipes used in the training are developed by the Chefs to be the best examples of their country's chocolate culture. We cannot change the ingredients used in the recipes developed for the program to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Want to bring a traveling companion?(Student with Traveling Companion sharing a room: 5330 Euro ($5650.87 USD) - double occupancy)
Traveling companions must be 17 years of age or older and their registration includes:
Immersion in gianduja and chocolate in Turin
Six nights accommodation
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. Along with expanding their chocolate production with a focus on quality, ICAM, also known by the family name as Agostoni in North America, has established itself as one of the most important organic chocolate manufacturers in the world focused on sustainability.
While you may not have heard of either ICAM or Agostoni, you need to be aware of this important manufacturer of fine flavor chocolate. Think of them as the Valrhona or Felchlin of Italy. 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 production of cremini, ganache, caramels, liquor filled bonbons and many other recipes. For an example, Italian cioccolatieri produce spiced ganache featuring pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, anise, etc. This is reminiscent of the favorite Italian spice mixture called droghe. We will forage, taste, compare and then work hard in the laboratory to master these wonderful cioccolato and more. Expect to be inspired and enchanted!
We'll also be visiting the ICAM chocolate factory which is a state of the art facility just a few miles away. Speaking of factories, we can't forget gianduja [pronounced gyan-DO-ya] which is an emulsification of nuts (usually hazelnut or almonds) and chocolate. Each gianduja maker brings their own vision of ingredients and nut to chocolate ratios so no two giandujotti taste exactly the same. We will concentrate on those during our visit to Turin.
**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, D
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. Introduction to Lecco dinner.
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 with our last full day of training. Free night for dinner in Lecco.
Independent departures from Lecco program hotel. Transportation to either the airport or back to Milan for those students extending their stay.
What our graduates have to say
"Yes, I would say it matched the course description perfectly. I was thrilled to learn from such a high level of Chef. I liked that we did the touring/tasting portion of the course first and also had the opportunity to get to know others in the group. Having the course at the end suited me very well. I think having the course at the end of the week also allowed us to adjust a bit to the time change." Lori, 2015 Program
"Yes! I spent my first day home designing the packaging for my new product [based on] what we learnt. I got so carried away that I didn't actually unpack my suitcase til the day after! I've also ordered a guitar cutter because I NEED to make Cremini as soon as possible. Thank you so much to Pam and Judy, for giving me an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget!" Jennifer, 2013 Program
"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 Program
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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Using the enrobing machine.
Finishing the roches chocolates.
Hand dipping the ganache truffles.
Some of the bonbons made in the program.
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