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Published February 10th 2015
Have some Heston inspired food, without the Heston price tag
Like it is for many others, chocolate is my religion. So, when I received a chocolate workshop voucher as a gift, I was first a little scared about my lack of restraint and then very excited. Particularly when I learnt that the chocolate cooking experience at spice house Gewurzhaus is inspired by Heston Blumenthal. For those who have yet to experience the delights of the Gewurzhaus stores, they are well worth a visit, just to give your meals a touch of inspiration.
But back to the chocolate. The class is run by professional chocolatier, Samanta Bakker from Argentina. This is exciting in itself, as despite Melbourne having many beautiful chocolate stores, we don't have very many actual chocolatiers. Samanta's skill is impressive and she looks so relaxed and confident in the kitchen.
As I watched her I couldn't help but think that, chocolate, coming from a cocoa bean and then magically transformed is a fairly finished product by the time it hits the shelves. Not so, when Samanta shows you seven different textures of chocolate, including a ridiculously quick and easy, 2-ingredient chocolate mousse (using Gewürzhaus Koko Black chocolate bars, hello!), a 30-second chocolate cake and chocolate spaghetti! Mostly, I was excited about the homemade aero bar and I can tell you, it was worth the hype.
But that wasn't all. Before we entered the kitchen we could see little pots of soil on the countertop with a sprig of rosemary in the middle. As you would expect from a Heston inspired workshop, this was not just some cute decoration and all was not as it seemed – the soil was edible with the aforementioned chocolate mousse on the bottom.
All of the recipes a super easy to follow – but don't tell your friends that, because the finished product looks like it took you a whole day.
The class size was 14 people and ran for about 2 hours and was very relaxed, informative, fun and delicious. Take your partner along for a great Valentine's or date night treat or go with a group of foodie friends.