Pastry class with Chef Karim Bourgi

Pastry by Karim Bourgi

April 4-6, 2022 - 3 DAYS

Karim Bourgi

Executive Pastry Chef


Brooklyn, NY

$ 1260 $ 882
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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Take a pastry journey through the flavors and textures of the Middle East and Europe with Chef Karim Bourgi. Currently based in Dubai, Chef Karim was raised in Lebanon, and trained in Paris. Drawing from his culturally diverse background, Chef Karim will showcase his creative use of layers, contrasting textures, bold flavors, and modern presentation on petits gâteaux, pâtisserie, and entremets. You will learn his preservation tips to help prolong shelf life, and how to apply the latest techniques and new technology to your creations.

Chef Karim will share his pastry philosophy in a laid-back setting, where exchange of ideas is welcome and students will be inspired by not only the teacher, but by each other as well. Class will conclude with a unique final buffet and tasting where students will discuss each pastry element, and the emotions they evoke.


· Discover new techniques and interesting technology for building and finishing entremets and petits gâteaux.

· Discuss “The Art of Pate a Choux”, and Chef Karim’s view on current pastry trends.

· Learn preservation techniques to extend your product’s shelf life.

· Work side by side with Chef Karim to make his 12 signature creations, including his famous Animation Citron, a dessert typical of Middle Eastern cuisine, and the variety of textures Chef Karim showcases.

· Build petits gateaux and entremets with diverse flavors, and dissect each component to understand how they work together.

Class price includes light breakfast and coffee in the morning, lunch each day, a class recipe book, apron, pen, a gift bag, diploma, as well as all materials, ingredients, and equipment needed for class.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic classes no longer include a class dinner.

Artisan pastry chef based in Dubai, Chef Karim Bourgi is corporate pastry chef for Al Mana Group, a role in which he
manages the opening of La Maison Du Chocolat Paris in Dubai and Kuwait. He just opened the Hermes Paris Cafe in the Fashion Avenue in Dubai Mall. This lover of pastry, born in Senegal from Lebanese parents, has graduated in Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2000 and trained in the finest establishments in France. A member of Les Toques Blanches Du Monde and brand ambassador for Valrhona, Elle & Vire, Bravo and Sasa Demarle. Chef Bourgi always looking for unique and delicious creations to reach the excellence. His desserts and creations have earned him the acclaimed hundreds of thousands of followers in social networks. Currently, he is active as a private consultant and instruct pastry master class all over the world.

If you cancel 45 days or more prior to the first day of class, you will be completely refunded. If you cancel within 45 days you will receive a 50% refund or 100% class credit to be used within a year of the cancellation date. If you cancel within one week of the class you will receive a 50% class credit to be used within one year of the cancelation date. 
We do our best to avoid canceling or rescheduling classes, however, please be aware that classes are subject to change due to conflicts, instructor illness, travel issues, etc. We will contact you immediately in case of any date changes or course cancellations. In the case a class is rescheduled or canceled we offer you the choice of a full refund or a class credit to be used within one year of the cancelation date. 
As Valrhona is not responsible for your accommodations we recommend booking refundable forms of transportation and accommodations, so if an unforeseen change occurs you will not be charged.

Covid Policy: 

Valrhona takes the health and safety of our students, instructors, and employees very seriously. To help address the risks posed by COVID-19, we are implementing certain protocols for classes held at our school and with our school partners. 

As of 11/9/2021, all students, employees, and instructors must follow the below protocols when attending an in-person class held by l’École Valrhona Brooklyn. Changes to our Covid policy will be communicated to students via email and posted on our website.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the below protocols to Danielle FitzPatrick, l’École Coordinator,

Before Attending a Class, Students, Employees, and Instructors Must: 

  • Prior to the start of class, proof of vaccination must be emailed to us as mandated by New York State law. Please email to:  Your information will be kept confidential.  
  • Before coming to visit, self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. For a list of symptoms please refer to the CDC Website here. If the student is experiencing any symptoms or circumstances of COVID-19 or is feeling sick, they are required to notify the l’École Valrhona Brooklyn team immediately and will be provided with a class credit to attend a future l’École Valrhona Brooklyn class. 
  • 1-3 days before the first class date, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test result. Please email test results to Danielle FitzPatrick, l’École Coordinator, Your information will be kept confidential.  
  • Before entering class each day, self-monitor, complete, and submit the Daily Assessment Certification which will be emailed the night before each class day. 
  • If unable you are unable to attend class due to the requirements above, you will be provided with a credit for future classes, as determined by l’École Valrhona Brooklyn. 

During Class, Students, Employees, and Instructors Must: 

  • Refrain from physical touching. Students are prohibited from shaking hands, hugging or embracing, and cheek-to-cheek kissing. 
    Wear face coverings at all times. Students are required to wear a face-covering at all times while in class, unless eating, outside, and engaged in social distancing, which means standing or sitting at least 6 feet away. 
  • Practice social distancing whenever feasible. 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and leave the class immediately if you experience symptoms. You will be provided with a credit for future classes, as determined by l’École Valrhona Brooklyn. 
  • Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Key times for handwashing include: 
    • Before and after class 
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing 
    • After using the restroom 
    • Before eating or preparing food 
    • After putting on or touching face coverings. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
    • Cover your sneeze or cough. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. 

Failure to comply with any of the above precautions will result in removal from class, with no class credit given. Valrhona and its partners reserve the right to remove students from class at their own discretion. 

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we adjust to this new normal. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have about keeping our employees and clients safe to our l’École Valrhona Brooklyn team at

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