Fundamentals of Raw Chocolate

Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Learn the art and science of making high quality delicious raw chocolates at home.

Date: 16th March 2019
Time: 11am – 3pm
Price: £150
Location: Oval, London

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Fundamentals of Raw Chocolate is seven years of raw chocolate experience rolled into a one – filled with my unique tried and tested recipes and techniques. My journey has pushed the boundaries of raw chocolate, from creating new textures and flavours to getting the sweetness just right. This is my chance to teach it all back to you.

I’ve been making raw chocolate since 2005 and when I first started out it was a challenging thing I wanted to conquer. Raw chocolate felt delicate and complex and I found working with it fascinating.

Back then my chocolate making days were an erratic roller coaster. On some days my chocolate would turn out perfect. I mean shiny, snappy perfect. The kind that makes you want to share it with all your friends. And then other days, I would totally stuff it up. My chocolate would be dull, burnt, grainy with zero snap. I’d walk away feeling frustrated I spent all that money on the best ingredients.

Raw chocolate tested both my patience and resilience but I was determined to master it.

Through massive amounts of trial and error, and experimenting with almost every ingredient I could possibly find in the marketplace, I learnt that raw chocolate is first a science (before it becomes art) – and there are specific fundamental rules you must follow if you want to make high quality professional grade raw chocolate at home.

The good news is, the rules are easy to follow…. you just need to know what they are. At this workshop I not only walk you through the process but you’ll get to see me in action and you’ll get to participate in the raw chocolate making process.

Fall in love with the art of making raw chocolate

  • A full day workshop designed for both beginners and experienced chocolate makers to explore my unique tried and tested recipes and techniques.
  • No more wasting money on dull, grainy, clumpy chocolate. Master the art of creating beautiful shiny chocolate that ‘snaps’ every time.
  • Wow your family and friends with simple chocolate decorating techniques that make your chocolates look visually impressive.
  • Never make ‘boring raw chocolate’ by learning how to combine textures and flavours through nuts, seeds, fruits, essential oils and spices.
  • Reduce the likelihood of ‘stuffing up’ your chocolate by knowing how to “save” your chocolate when you’ve made a mistake.
  • Explore what it’s like to make professional grade chocolate at a batch level – who knows, you might decide to start a business (many students have!).

Because most of us are practical learners, my classes are as hands on as possible, about 60%.

We will work through the basics of raw ingredients, understanding how they work (and don’t work) and how to work with them.

If you’re an absolute beginner, you will leave the class equipped with the secrets of the professionals, and the skills to create chocolate at a domestic level.

If you’re already creating great chocolate and want to add raw chocolate to your skill-set, this class will condense your learning to one day, so you can start creating.

To make sure you remember it all at home, upon booking your space, you’ll be sent a pdf of the class book with all recipes and techniques you’ll learn on the day.

You’ll take home a little box of chocolates to enjoy (show off) with friends and family… If you decide to share.

Your course is not just an introduction to raw chocolate, but also to a community of passionate raw chocolatiers which will support you long after the course is completed.

Techniques you will learn:

  • Enrobing chocolate – a beautiful way to add your own creativity, style and flare to your finished chocolates. There are some simple tricks to enrobing pralines and bonbons to ensure an even consistency.
  • How to temper chocolate — the easiest and most successful way. Trust me I’ve tried everything and this is the easiest way to get your chocolate shiny and snappy every time. It all starts with having the right ingredients and a few tools.
  • Creating textures and aromas – uniquely express yourself through your chocolate. Once you understand how flavours and textures can be layered into chocolate, you’ll realise the possibilities are truly endless. Just be yourself and your chocolate will never be run of the mill.
  • Coloured chocolate — one of the easiest and most effective ways to WOW your family and Friends. I’ll teach you how to achieve a professionally decorated finish because coloured chocolate makes everyone happy.
  • Milk, dark and white chocolate recipes –- all 100% dairy free.

Staying connected and troubleshooting your chocolate

After the class, I encourage my students to stay connected. The raw food world is a small one, the class is as much about making new connections as it is about creating great chocolate.

Some of the people you will meet on the day you will no doubt see around, at raw food cafes or on the shelves at your local whole foods (their products, that is. Not the students themselves…)

I will be available after class via email to answer questions and help you overcome any snags that might pop up.

Most of all, by taking the class, you will be invited to join my private “Fundamentals of Raw Chocolate” Facebook group; a community for my students, many of whom have gone on to create chocolate commercially. You can post questions or comments here, and in time help others too!

Homework

Just kidding, there isn’t any. However, to get the most out of the class I suggest you research “raw food” and “raw chocolate” online or buying some basic raw food books so that you are familiar with basic methods of raw preparation including using a high speed blender, dehydrator and soaking and sprouting nuts and seeds. This will help you to understand some of the content of the class better, but this is definitely not essential as all questions that arise during the class will be addressed there and then.

BONUS: Once you complete this class, you will be given a discount on my Level 1 & 2 online course.

You will be given a code (good for a lifetime), giving you both courses for £89.00 / $147.00. This means that you will have everything from the class, and much more, at your finger tips forever.

So, if you forget something from the class, you will have the online videos to refer to, amazing!

Kind words from our friends

Working in the industry and the huge surge in food intolerances, allergies and required diets, with Amy’s help I can face any challenge with a grin and think, “What would Amy do?”

Sammy Tranger

Having Amy’s raw chocolate courses on therawchef.com makes me so proud. Our students love learning about raw chocolate from Amy, because she’s so knowledgeable and methodical.

Russell James“The Raw Chef”, London UK

Amy is an inspiring teacher and someone who pushes raw culinary artistry to the edge. Her sophisticated chocolates and elegant desserts were the cornerstone at all SAF restaurants during their opening years.

Chad SarnoChef, Consultant & Speaker

I love Amy’s recipes, she is always creating and sharing so openly with all of us. What’s a plus, she actually uses weight measurements (thanks, Amy)!

Monika WackeFounder Schoccolatta, Switzerland

Amy Levin is a very knowledgeable and enterprising professional chef and culinary artist, whose creativity, organisational skills and teaching abilities are remarkable.

Amy WebsterFounder of Simply Raw, Zurich Switzerland

Just like becoming an expert in wine–you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford–you learn
about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious. The you savor it,
analyze it, and discuss it with your companions, and you compare it with other experiences.”

Julia Child

Frequently asked questions

Is this class suitable for a beginner?

Absolutely. This class is designed to meet the student where they are. If you have never made chocolate before, you’ll get all the information and hands on experience needed to set you up for success.

I've been making chocolate at home for a while, can I skip to the Advanced Class ?

Although you may have extensive experience making chocolate at home, you’ve not made chocolate in the way I teach it and therefore it’s important you attend this class prior to either the Candy Bars & Bombs or the Advanced Raw Chocolate classes. I don’t want you to be lost and if you don’t attend the Fundamentals first, you will be and that’s not a nice experience for you.

Can I start a business after attending this class?

You are most welcome to do whatever you please after the class, however, starting a business is not the main objective of this class. — learning the Foundations of Raw Chocolate making is. If you’re interested in starting a business and developing a product line, I’d encourage you to look at my Business Packages option.

Can I bring you samples of my chocolate to taste and give feedback on ?

You’re more than welcome to bring your chocolate to class for others to try and give you constructive feedback on. If you’d specifically like my feedback, that’s a service I will be offering shortly.