A chocolatier is a chef that specializes in the creation of chocolate confections whereas chocolate makers buy, roast, and grind cocoa beans into chocolate. Chocolatiers craft the end product of all those candies people love to buy and eat.
How to Become a Chocolatier
A chocolatier generally has a high school diploma to enter this career. Next, they earn an associate’s degree by attending a culinary school for bakery and pastry arts. Some chocolatiers may continue to earn their Bachelor’s degree in the pastry arts which takes approximately four years. Culinary school teaches basic kitchen skills, like safety and sanitation, using professional kitchen equipment, and how to handle utensils properly. They typically combine classroom instruction with hands-on training in the kitchen under supervision.
Community colleges, vocational schools, and professional culinary schools offer training courses, food handling, business, and safety. There are apprenticeship programs available through trade unions or culinary institutions, which usually last about one year. Online classes may be available and help students that must balance work with school.
A student of chocolate begins learning about how the product behaves in different climate changes, like humidity and temperature. Under the tutorage of the professional chef, they understand the secret of the art and flavor of chocolate. They observe the process of candies made at an assembly line and what is involved in the packaging process.
Chocolatiers have patience, good time management, and work well with others. Agility is also essential when making confections with delicate toppings and handling kitchen equipment. Now let’s look at what they do!
Chocolatier Job Description
A chocolatiers’ day generally begins at around 5:30am or earlier. They create new designs and chocolate products to sell in mass production or may work on special orders. They fill candies with pralines, caramels, creams, nuts, and other chocolates that tantalize the tastebuds.
They use fine rolling in making chocolate, fill chocolates, and decorate the top of each piece.
They ensure quality control with each product, giving it their undivided attention during the process. They follow safety procedures, keep their work areas clean and sanitized, and remain current on new trends in chocolate. Chocolatiers work long hours standing on their feet and lifting heavy trays. They typically work full-time and are especially busy during holidays.
If you love chocolate and want to embrace this competitive business’s demands and challenges, this may be your job!
After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? Good luck!