Yes, there is such a thing! Melbourne has its very own school dedicated to chocolate and patisserie in Brunswick East, maybe 10 minutes from the city centre. I had been wanting to do a course at Savour for ages, but for a variety of reasons (namely money and time), it hadn't happened. And when I saw that they were holding an open day last weekend, I hopped along quick smart, despite being a tad, shall we say, squiffy?, after the racing.
I was tired, the room grew rapidly hot with the number of people present and the door open, I was standing for a couple of hours, but it was worth it. We watched demonstrations of tempering, moulding, mixing of fillings. I saw techniques that I hadn't even dreamt of. I got to taste some of the delights and eat the best mango gelati I've ever tasted, fresh from the ice cream maker.
Many of their classes cater for professionals, particularly when guest lecturers arrive from overseas for a week of classes. But most of the people in the room watching on Sunday seemed to be interested home cooks - people who just loved chocolate really. There were plenty of kids and they got to step and help with stirring and moulding - one little boy got very enthusiastic and dipped his hand as well as the wrapped foam into the chocolate. The crowd roared with laughter and he looked a little embarrassed, but hey, he got to lick it off later, right?
I'm a convert now and can only drool over the list of classes, wondering which I can manage to do and which is the best? How do you compare Level One Chocolates and Pralines to a class specialising in traditional French truffles (which, if it has to be said, I adore). Hmmmmn. And, I found a new and slightly cheaper supplier for this chocolate. Not that I would ever buy any, no sirrreeeee!