Course Overview

This one-day chocolate course will show you how to master the techniques of working with chocolate and is suitable for a keen home cook who would like to make their own professional looking chocolates at home.  The day will focus on how to temper different types of chocolate, use moulds to make chocolate shells suitable for wet fillings, making and flavouring chocolate ganache and presentation techniques.

Your chef for this course will be Will Torrent.  Will originally trained with Heston Blumenthal and chocolate legend William Curley.  Will is now a TV regular on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, ambassador to chocolate company Barry Callebaut and consultant pastry chef to Waitrose.  Will is also an award winning author & creator of ‘Chocolate at Home’. His teaching ethos is to make techniques achievable, without needing ‘fancy’ equipment so that participants on his courses leave being confident to recreate the skills in their home kitchens.

Techniques learnt

  • How to temper chocolate
  • How to make chocolate ganache and make hand rolled truffles
  • How to use chocolate moulds successfully  
  • How to make chocolate decorations and how to pipe directly onto chocolate
  • How to make Bucks Fizz hand rolled chocolate truffles
  • How to make amaretto & marzipan chocolate truffles
  • How to make a chocolate rum & raisin fudge

Recipes learnt

Throughout the day, you will cook all of these delicious bakes to take home with you:

  • Two batches of different flavoured truffles
  • One delicious fudge
  • Chocolate decorations

About your day

Our baking courses take place on the Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.

You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need. We’ll provide an apron for the day, and all the equipment and ingredients.

Your day includes a delicious light lunch served with wine or soft drinks. Please bring three large containers so you can take home your delicious creations.

Our day courses run from 9.30am to 5pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 9.15am.

Book your place

The perfect chocolate course for those who want to make their own chocolates for friends and family or want to add a new skill to their baking repertoire.

Lunch with wine is provided as part of this one-day chocolate making the course as well as all equipment and an apron to use for the duration of the course.  For this chocolate course, we do ask you bring 2 large containers with you so that you can take your delicious hand crafted chocolates home with you.

This chocolate course is held at our cookery school which is located in the grounds of the Catton Hall estate in South Derbyshire. There are excellent transport links from neighbouring conurbations such as Nottingham, Leicestershire, Derby and Birmingham.

If you would like more information about this chocolate making course, please do get in touch.