Valrhona's Frederic Bau shares professional tips in chocolate encyclopedia

By Emma Eversham , 07-Oct-2011
Last updated the 07-Oct-2011 at 09:46 GMT

Related topics: New Products, Restaurants, Hospitality Services

Frederic Bau, executive chef and director of Valrhona's Ecole du Grand Chocolat, has compiled a book which aims to share the top tips of working with chocolate from some of France's best pastry chefs.

The Valrhona Encylopedie du Chocolat was created under the direction of Frederic Bau

The Valrhona Encylopedie du Chocolat was created under the direction of Frederic Bau

Cooking With Chocolate - Essential Recipes and Techniques is launched in the UK today and includes hints and techniques on the most effective ways of working with chocolate for both professional chefs and home cooks.

"It was my ambition to try to speak very simply about this, but in a professional way. There are many chocolate cookbooks out there but this one is much more technical than many, its approach is very different" Bau told BigHospitality.

Bau enlisted the help of seven other patissiers - Julie Haubourdin, Vincent Bourdin, Fabrice David, Thierry Bridron, Philippe Givre, David Capy and Jeremie Runel - from the Ecole du Grand Chocolat to help him write the technical aspect of the book, published by Flammarion and with a preface written by Pierre Herme.

Eight French pastry chefs - Frederic Cassel, Eric Leautey, Cyril Lignac, Christophe Felder, Gilles Marchal, Christophe Michalak, Christophe Adam and Jean-Paul Hevin - provide a wealth of recipes using chocolate - from timeless classics to original desserts and those inspired by current trends in gastronomy.

The book is also accompanied by a DVD which serves as a practical guide to making chocolate desserts and patisserie.

Bau said he hoped the tome would be adopted by trained chefs, but would also like to see it used as reference for students at every catering college in the UK in the future.

"The book is already in French catering colleges and has been well received. It would be very useful for students."

BigHighlights

Mark Poynton: Pearls of Wisdom

Mark Poynton: Pearls of Wisdom

The British chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Alimentum and star of Great British Menu Mark Poynton talks about...

Interview with Glendola Leisure's Alexander Salussolia
Small Talk

Alexander Salussolia on Silk & Grain, market niches and nurturing future talent

Managing director of Glendola Leisure Alexander Salussolia joined the company in 1992 as an area manager, before...

60-Second Skill: Using #foodporn to your advantage

60-Second Skill: Using #foodporn to your advantage

Customers posting pictures of your food on social media is a trend you can't escape, but by...

Gallery: the UK’s first experiential craft brewery Drygate Brewing Co.

Gallery: the UK’s first experiential craft brewery

New Glasgow venture Drygate Brewing Co. claims to be the UK’s first experiential craft brewery, offering a...

Hospitality Openings: June 2014

Hospitality Openings: June 2014

Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes Heston Blumenthal’s Heathrow venture The Perfectionists’ Café,...

60-Second Skill: Pouring champagne

60-Second Skill: Pouring champagne

As demonstrated at the Moet UK Sommelier of the Year competition, champagne pouring requires skills and knowledge....

Find us on Facebook

Digital Edition - Restaurant Magazine

Access to the Restaurant Magazine digital edition