Pastry Course Day Seven: Masterclass Chocolate, by Jeroen Goossens

This week we had a masterclass by Jeroen Goossens. Jeroen Goossens is a well-known name in the world of pastry. He started out as a restaurant chef and later on specialised in pastry. He has entered several world championships including the prestigious world pastry championship Coupe du Monde in Lyon. In 1989 he was a guest pastrychef for the Dutch Royal Family. Since then he has been responsible for the pastry for all official banquets and special desserts (e.g. royal weddings). With his own company, Jeroen Goossens Dutch Pastry, he takes on commissions which hold knowledge, new developments and international craftmanship at the core. (Source: CCB)

Quite an honour to have a masterclass by someone like him.I still didn’t know what I’m going to do as a show piece while he was giving the class. So unfortunatly I haven’t been able to ask him many how/what questions.

The masterclass was all about creating a chocolate show piece. In about 3 weeks we will have to create a chocolate showpiece ourselves and he showed us how we can go about creating a show piece like this.

A few things we need to take into consideration are:

  1. Use good tools
    Think about the tools you need to make your show piece and get them all together before you start.
  2. Use good raw materials
    Use chocolate and other raw materials that are good enough to use for a show piece.
  3. Prepare thourougly
    Make sure you draw what you want to make in advance and think about how you are going to create it. Make a list of things you need and what you need to do.
Jeroen Goossens: Tempering chocolate
Jeroen Goossens: Tempering chocolate

Jeroen picked ‘Fall’ as a theme and he drew a design that resembled that theme. It included leaves, a tree trunk, mushrooms and a deer. You could really tell that he had thought about what he was going to do before hand and which steps he needed to take. However, his steps were just rough outlines, when it came to the actual ‘building’ of the piece, it was a puzzle he needed to solve while he was working. That isn’t something you can write down. You could really see his craftmanship at work!

The base of the chocolate tree
The base of the chocolate tree

 

Chocolate leaves in the making
Chocolate leaves in the making

 

Chocolate leaves
Chocolate leaves

 

The pieces of deer on 1 chunk of chocolate
The pieces of deer on 1 chunk of chocolate

 

The cut out pieces of deer
The cut out pieces of deer

 

It's starting to look like a deer!
It’s starting to look like a deer!

 

Chocolate mushroom
Chocolate mushroom

 

Some final touches
Some final touches

 

The end-result
The end-result

His explanation of what he was doing did give me a couple of ideas. I’m playing around with a couple of ideas at the moment that I really want to put down on paper soon so I can (hopefully) start working on it a bit more during our next lesson!

Because we didn’t have to do anything ourselves the day was a bit different than a ‘normal’ lesson, but time went by pretty fast, I would’ve loved to see and hear more! The end of the day, we did get a chance to have a bit of the ‘normal’  lesson though, we had to clean up :).

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