Swiss firm launches chocolate academy in Dubai

World's largest cocoa grinder Barry Callebaut Group opens first training centre of its kind in Middle East
Swiss firm launches chocolate academy in Dubai
By Staff writer
Tue 27 Jan 2015 01:24 PM

The Swiss-based Barry Callebaut Group has opened its flagship Chocolate Academy centre, according to the Food Business News website.

Located in Dubai, it will be the first-of-its-kind training centre in the Middle East and the 17th in the company’s network of centres worldwide.

The new Chocolate Academy centre will showcase the knowledge accumulated over more than 150 years by Barry Callebaut’s global Gourmet chocolate brands Callebaut (Belgium), Cacao Barry (France) and Carma (Switzerland).

It is offering a diverse range of seminars, demonstrations, theoretical courses and practical workshops, designed to inspire artisans and culinary professionals, including chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakery and other chocolate experts as well as culinary professionals working in hotels, restaurants and the catering business.

French chef Philippe Marand will share his experience in the art of chocolate as head of the new Chocolate Academy centre in Dubai.

“With our new Chocolate Academy centre we aim to empower all chocolate professionals in the region to create and express themselves beyond the technical barrier with this wonderful material, which is chocolate,” Marand said.

Frederic Trombert, vice-president of Barry Callebaut’s Gourmet division in the EEMEA region, added: “We believe this new Chocolate Academy centre will become the beating chocolate heart for chefs and foodies not only in Dubai but in the whole Middle East.”

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