A series of five focused masterclasses - a two day chocolates course, plated desserts day, entremet and petits fours & sugarwork days - to build your skill levels and leave you confident to produce beautifully presented set piece desserts or gateaux. We are delighted to have two of the most skilled patisserie tutors in the UK to teach these masterclasses, Yolande Stanley and Will Torrent.
The first 3 days are taught by renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Will Torrent, author of 3 hugely successful books. Will has a first class degree in Culinary Arts Management from the University of West London. His training included stages with William Curley, Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes and at The Dorchester, Claridges, The Lanesborough and The Fat Duck. He has won a host of awards including the Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence, the Medallion of Excellence for a British Pastry Chef at the prestigious WorldSkills competition in Japan, the Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year and the Acorn Scholar award. He is still closely involved with the WorldSkills team and received the WorldSkills UK Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. Will is an international Ambassador for Barry Callebaut and a consultant pastry chef to Waitrose. He regularly appears on television including Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, Sunday Brunch and This morning and he writes for The Times, The Guardian, Metro, Hello and The Daily Express.
Our entremet and petits fours & sugarwork days are taught by Yolande Stanley, one of only 7 people in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Master of the Culinary Arts for Pastry (other holders include Claire Clark and Benoit Blin). Yolande worked as Head Pastry chef at Cliveden and the Carlton Hotel in St Moritz, The Ritz and at the Landmark Hotel before becoming a senior lecturer at Thames Valley University teaching Patisserie to degree level. For the past 10 years Yolande has been the UK Training Manager for UKSkills for Confectionery and Pastry, tasked with training young chefs to World standard to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Competition. At the awards themselves she has to swap hats as she is also the International Judge and Chief Expert (elected by her contemporaries - 18 other International Experts).
All days include lunch with with wine. This course runs from Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April 2017 inclusive.
NB This course may include jellies and mousses using gelatine so please call us before booking if you have dietary requirements which exclude gelatine.