I'm studying the Grand Diplome at Cordon Bleu in London

Today chef Christophe took us for a demo on making a chocolate centrepiece. This was a figure or cartoon outlined onto acetate or plastic sheet then painted in with coloured cocoa butter before flooding with white chocolate and leaving to set. Another exercise in tempering chocolate.

In addition a small base was made which could contain a background for the piece or an abstract design.

The chef made a couple of pieces. The first was a Fred Flintstone and the second Garfield the cat.

We could choose our own figure to make and, as it’s almost the season (well it will be in 6 months) I made a Father Christmas with Arctic scene!

It’s almost all white chocolate plus a little dark chocolate so I can eat it all. Yummm.

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