What does Art Chocolat mean?CHOCOLAT (pronounced as shoh/koh/lah) is French for chocolate. The French are known for their superb wines and exquisite cuisine, and chocolate is no exception: it is the best chocolate in the world! At Art Chocolat, we believe in the French tradition that chocolate should be a work of art, each piece a glorious little triumph handmade with zealous adherence to the best preparation methods and using only the highest quality ingredients. And that is what we teach.
What are the opportunities for a chocolatier in India?The chocolate industry in India is a growing at a phenomenal rate, largely contributed by the rising per capita income and a prominent gifting culture prevalent in the country. Search the internet for reports about the chocolate industry and you will invariably come across a very sound and positive outlook for India. Here's an excerpt from a few of the most reliable sources:
- The per capita consumption of chocolates is increasing in the country which will continue to flourish the market revenues - India Chocolate Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2018
- The consumption of chocolates is steadily increasing in urban and semi urban areas, registering a compound annual growth rate ( CAGR) of 25% and is expected to cross Rs 7,500 crore by 2015 - apex industry body ASSOCHAM
- Mithai- the traditional Indian sweats is getting expensive and substituted by chocolates among upwardly mobile Indians. Instead of buying sweats on Raksha Bandhan, Diwali, people prefer to buy chocolates - The Times of India
Who is a typical student at Art Chocolat?We have a wide range of people taking our courses; young and old, men and women, business people, and general chocolate enthusiasts. At each of our courses there are invariably an interesting mix of people. Some are professionals seeking to enhance their career, others are entrepreneurs looking to start a confectionery business, some are connoisseurs, and others just come for the delicious chocolates and the discovery.
How is Art Chocolat different from other chocolate programs?There is no right or wrong way to pursue your chocolate studies, however there are some differences. Most chocolate classes are focused on creating an educated consumer rather than an educated professional working in industry. At Art Chocolat we offer both options. Most other chocolate courses also do not provide consolidated course options, and instead charge separately for each set of recipes. No other course in India covers chocolate preparation to the depth and degree to which we do.
Do you offer any courses besides chocolate making?Yes. Besides chocolate making, we offer courses in packaging and presentation of chocolates, including a specialization in chocolate bouquets. Apart from our core curriculum in chocolates, we also offer courses in gift and trousseau packing and candle making. Details about these are given in the Courses tab on the front page of our website.
I am traveling to Delhi for a day. Are there any short single day classes that I can attend?The basic modules of our various courses are usually single-day in duration. So these are ideal for single day visitors to Delhi. We also work with our outstation students, who are unable to stay in Delhi for the entire duration of their course, to split the course in multiple sections that they may complete during each successive visit.
What can I do if I have not understood something in class or if I have trouble implementing a recipe later?To aid our students' understanding, we have designed our classes to be hand-on, so you get to try things on your own during the class. We also have a Q&A session at the end of each workshop to resolve any queries that you may have . Plus, we provide you with a detailed recipe pamphlet to assist you in your preparation at home. If you are still having trouble, despair not! We have an open-door policy for all our past students, which means that you may attend a session free of cost as many times as you feel is necessary to hone your skills to perfection. Just let us know, and we will register you free for our next session.
Can I bring a guest to class?Our class may only be attended by paying students. If you have someone dropping you off to class, we request that you to ask them to come back when you are done as we do not have a separate waiting area.
What do I need to bring to class?We recommend you bring a pen and a notebook. If you are attending our chocolate appreciation class or our liquor chocolates class, we will require a legal form of I.D. to verify that you are of legal drinking age. If you have ever tried making chocolates yourself, we would also love to try your samples and give you a frank feedback.
Will I get a completion certificate for the courses I attend?Yes, you will get a course completion certificate if you satisfactorily meet all requirements of the particular class.