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Chocolatier School in Belgium

Chocolatier Program in Belgium

The Chocolatier Program in Belgium is a unique opportunity to learn from Belgian master chocolatiers. The one-week (six nights) experience combines a special program of hands-on training at Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Wieze, Belgium with visits to Chocolate World in Antwerp and chocolatier boutiques in Brussels. With Barry Callebaut, there is a history of more than 150 years in the world of cocoa and chocolate. With their first steps into the processing and production of quality chocolates, they laid the foundations for expertise and research into new products and techniques. Remember, "Pralines" is the word for chocolate bonbons in Belgium.

Next program: Fall 2025

Student Registration includes:

Exclusive hands-on program taught by Andrey Dubovik at The Chocolate Academy with recipes
Chocolate mold and factory visit at Chocolate World
Guided walking tour of Brussel's important chocolatier's boutiques
6 nights accommodation in Aalst and Brussels
Welcome dinner
Five lunches
Breakfast daily
Ground transportation between Brussels, Aalst

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One week (six nights) Program

We work with the Academy to make sure we have a great program using the latest equipment, recipes and techniques.

Chocolate mold and factory visit at Chocolate World in Antwerp - the largest manufacturer of polycarbonate professional chocolate molds

Tour of Brussels leading chocolatiers including a laboratory visit and tasting with Torrefacteur Chocolatier Frederic Blondeel who also makes his own chocolate.

Program Itinerary:

**Legend for meals included in your the 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 Brussels, Belgium. Hotel accommodation and Monday breakfast is included.

Monday: B, L, D

In the morning we begin with a chocolate tasting followed by a walking tour of the important chocolate boutiques in Brussels and a private Welcome Lunch. Welcome Dinner.

Tuesday: B, L

Then it's off Chocolate World in Antwerp – the largest manufacturer of polycarbonate professional chocolate molds and a tour of their factory. Free night for dinner.

Wednesday - Thursday: B, L

Full day of classes with lunch at The Chocolate Academy including a tour of the Barry Callebaut chocolate factory. Free night for dinner.

Friday: B, L

We complete our program at The Chocolate Academy. We return to Brussels in the evening to check into our Brussels hotel.


Independent departures from the tour hotel. Or stay over one night and make a day trip to Bruges.

What more do I need to know?

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.

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 9 students and the maximum is 12 students (traveling companions are not included in minimum or maximum number). Please wait to book your flight to Brussels, Belgium until we confirm that the minimum number of students have registered.

Students will need to bring a chef's jacket and comfortable closed-toe shoes for The Academy portion of the program. Aprons will be provided.

Want to bring a traveling companion?

Travel companions are welcome and not included in the student space limitations. Anyone planning to travel and stay with you during the program must be 17 years of age or older and must be registered with us as a traveling companion to accompany you for liability issues.

Their registration includes:
Guided walking tour of chocolatier's boutiques
Visit to Chocolate World
Six nights accommodation in Aalst and Brussels
Welcome Dinner
Two Lunches
Breakfast daily
Ground transportation between Brussels, Antwerp, Aalst

Prerequisite: Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolatier Certificate of Achievement or enrollment in current session of the Professional Chocolatier Program.

Program Certificate:

Students completing the program will receive an Ecole Chocolat Certificate of Achievement.


Our Ecole Chocolat Graduate Chocolatier Programs only accommodate a limited number of students and are usually full, with a waiting list. As these programs involve a travel component, we need to contact those on the waiting list in enough time to for them to make travel arrangements. If you have to cancel, we will do everything in our power to find a replacement but cannot guarantee that we will be successful – please remember that your deposit is "non-refundable". No refunds will be given after 45 days prior to the program start date. Please make sure that you are committed to the program before paying your non-refundable deposit. We also suggest that you take out travel insurance when booking your travel to and from the program in case of an emergency.

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Photography by Jessica Washburn, Bliss Chocolatier and Ecole Chocolat

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