IICCT Combined Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Chocolate Tasting- in person, 17-20 October 2024

£695.00

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT available until 10 August 2024

Study for your IICCT Level 1 and 2 Chocolate Tasting certificates in an intensive four-day training programme with Chocolate Educator and International Chocolate Judge Kathryn Laverack.

This course takes you directly to intermediate level.  Level 1 introduces the sensorial approach to chocolate tasting and evaluation and Level 2 introduces the IICCT Flavor profiling system and focuses on the development of tasting and sensory evaluation skills, providing a fuller understanding of fine chocolate and its flavour possibilities.

The course includes half a day taught at the micro-batch chocolate factory with Duffy Sheardown at Duffy’s Chocolate.

Bookings are via the Cademy Website – Use this link to book BOOK NOW   (Do not add to cart)

 

 

Description

An exciting new opportunity to study in person for your International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (IICCT) Levels 1 and 2, in Chocolate Tasting. The IICCT Combined Level 1 and Level 2 Chocolate Tasting course takes you directly through to Intermediate level in a concentrated four-day workshop course.

The course and teaching will be led by IICCT Teacher, Chocolate Educator and International Chocolate Judge, Kathryn Laverack and will be delivered at her recently launched teaching and tasting venue at The Mart, in the town centre. Louth is a traditional foodie destination in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is also just a short drive away from Duffy’s Chocolate micro-batch factory. The afternoon of Friday 18th October will be taught at Duffy’s Chocolate (transport will be provided).

Level 1 provides an introduction to a sensorial approach to chocolate tasting and Level 2 intermediary course explores the world of fine and origin chocolate in greater depth, looking in detail at the styles of different chocolate makers and different approaches to chocolate making, from micro-batch to large scale.

Course details

Level 1

Level 1 provides an introduction to a sensorial approach to chocolate tasting and a good grounding in chocolate tasting, including tasting of 9 or more different origin or blended fine dark chocolate bars, tasted in different forms for an understanding of aroma, length, texture and taste.

The first day finishes with a 60-minute multiple choice exam for Level 1 based on the course content. Certificates will be issued upon achieving a pass mark.

Level 2

Level 2 is held over an intense three days and provides fuller understanding of fine chocolate and its flavour possibilities.

The Level 2 intermediary course explores the world of fine and origin chocolate in greater depth, looking in detail at the styles of different chocolate makers and different approaches to chocolate making, from micro-batch to large scale. Treatment and flaws in cacao are examined as well as the chocolate production chain and how its elements contribute to flavour development.

The course explores chocolate history with an emphasis on taste and the current chocolate market. Over 30 chocolate bars and samples are tasted, with repeat tasting, profiling and blind tasting to gain a full understanding.

Level 2 introduces the Institute’s online chocolate profiling system, which will be used throughout the course working with laptops of tablets. Please bring with you a laptop of tablet to use throughout the course. 

The course finishes on the final day with a 60-minute multiple choice exam based on the course content and a 30-minute blind tasting test. Certificates will be issued upon achieving a pass mark.

What’s included

  • What is fine chocolate
  • Training the chocolate senses
  • The main origins and varieties of cacao
  • Chocolate production taught at Duffy’s Chocolate small batch factory (transport provided).
  • How chocolate is made and how it affects flavour
  • Direct sourcing, sustainability and ethics
  • Chocolate types and styles
  • Sensory exploration, practice and physiology
  • Tasting practice and profiling with our online system
  • Understanding and tasting flaws in cacao and chocolate
  • Cacao farming and economics
  • Chocolate history from a taste perspective
  • Take away study guides
  • All the chocolate and sensory samples you will need
  • Certificate for exam passes
  • Lunch x 4

Lunches are provided. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

The course fee includes £50 for registration with our UK-based accreditor, FDQ for Level 1 and issue of an official Ofqual (UK Government) approved certificate for the “FDQ Level 1 Foundation Award in Chocolate Tasting“, should you pass the assessment and your IICCT Level 2 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting.

Retakes will require an additional fee which will be charged in Euros and invoiced by IICCT directly 60€ (incl. VAT) for Level 1 and 100€ (incl. VAT) for Level 2.

Who should take this course?

This course would be perfect for you if:

  • You want an in-depth start to your chocolate tasting journey
  • You’re a professional in the catering/pastry/fine chocolate industries and want to develop a full sensory understanding
  • You are considering launching a fine chocolate business
  • You want the ultimate, intensive gift the chocolate fanatic in your life
  • You want to develop your tasting skills towards a professional level

Entry Requirements

None. The Level 1 chocolate tasting course is open to all comers and is suitable for professionals and enthusiasts. Successful completion of Level 1 is required before a Level 2 certificate can be issued.

Course Venue

You can travel to Louth by car, bus or train, the nearest railway stations are Grimsby Town, and Market Rasen. Contact Kathryn for any pre-booking enquiries and information on the venue, public transport options, parking and accommodation: email cocoaencounters@gmail.com.

Please note: the venue for this in-person course is situated on the second floor of a Victorian building, which does not have a lift. Please contact the course provider for further information or a copy of the accessibility statement.

Reasonable and Adjustments and Special Considerations

The IICCT Reasonable Adjustments or Special Considerations Policy is available to download here https://www.chocolatetastinginstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/IICCT-Reasonable-Adjustments-and-Special-Considerations-Policy.pdfCombined Level 1 & Level 2

For further information on the course contact Kathryn Laverack: email cocoaencounters@gmail.com.

Bookings are via the Cademy Website – Use this link to book BOOK NOW   (Do not add to cart)

For further information on the IICCT visit: https://www.chocolatetastinginstitute.org/

Additional information

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