Chocolate Masterclass with Erik Van der Veken
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sample Recipes and Techniques:
Chocolate Tempering, use of chocolate moulds.
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This is a unique opportunity to be taught by one of Ireland's master Chocolatiers Erik Van der Veken, proprietor of Arcane Chocolate by Erik Van der Veken
Erik Van der Veken is a Belgian Chocolatier - Patissier who studied Culinary Arts at the provincial Institute for Culinary Arts Antwerp (PIVA) between 1999 and 2005. Since then, Erik has held prestigious positions in London such as Head Chocolatier at the Iconic 5 star ‘Café Royal hotel’ in Piccadilly and Marc Patisserie. Erik then moved to the Middle East for two and a half years where he held the position of Executive Pastry chef tasked to start the first branch of a new chain of Chocolate/Pastry shops to open throughout the Gulf region. Currently, Erik manages his time between global consultancy work and his role as owner/Head Chocolatier at Arcane Chocolate.
In the three years Erik has lived in Ireland he has built up a reputation for his extensive technical knowledge and skills which have been sought after by companies from London to the Middle East and East Asia for product demonstrations, recipe development and staff training. Erik also trained the pastry team of ‘Resorts World Birmingham’ on chocolate showpiece skills who went on to achieve the finals in the last edition of the TV show ‘Bake Off Professionals’
In January 2018 Cacao Barry made Erik member of their prestigious international ‘Chocolate Ambassadors Club.’ In October 2019 Erik founded Arcane Chocolate together with Ian and Rocky Redmond, and together they aim to build the leading luxury chocolate brand in Ireland. In May 2021 Erik will represent Ireland at the regional UK and Ireland heat of the World Chocolate Masters, hoping to become the first chocolatier representing Ireland at the finals in Paris one year later.