Afternoon tea, Fika, Gâteaux de Voyage

May 13-15, 2024 - 3 days

Luke Frost

Executive Pastry Chef - North America


Brooklyn, NY

$ 1200 $ 840
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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Explore the different styles and history of travel cakes in Europe and how to adapt it to the U.S. market. Recipes will focus on British Afternoon Tea, Nordic Fika and gateaux of the continent. Chef Luke Frost, Executive Pastry Chef - North America, will work on technique and ingredient knowledge to enhance your travel cake offering, be it take out in a shop or for hotel amenities and picnics.​


  • 3 days of practical training with some technical elements to support your ingredient knowledge.​
  • Improve flavor and textures in your offerings whilst optimizing conservation.​
  • Learn techniques to deliver various textures that are suitable for ambient storage.​
  • Prepare a wide range of cakes, snack items and jams and spreads.​

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

Chef Referral Program

Refer a friend for a l’École Valrhona Brooklyn 2024 professional class and receive a $200 credit to use towards a 2024 class, your friend will also receive a $200 credit to use towards the class they sign up for!


Starting as an apprentice with the Savoy Hotel Group in London, Luke’s career has followed a varied path through several Michelin starred kitchens in some of the UK’s leading hotel operations.​

Luke was exposed to classic French patisserie training with Raymond Blanc at his flagship 2 Michelin Star Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons. He then went on to lead the pastry teams at Northcote Manor, The Chester Grosvenor and the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park. These are some of the UK’s best country house hotels, where afternoon tea is forefront in the food and beverage offering.​

​In 2015, Luke joined Valrhona as the Pastry Chef-Northern Europe, based in London. In this role he traveled throughout Northern Europe sharing knowledge and information from L’Ecole Valrhona’s network of chefs and schools. This is where he encountered and embraced the FIKA culture of the Nordic countries.​

Now, as of February 2024, Luke assumes the prestigious position of Executive Pastry Chef – North America, based in Brooklyn, NY. Eagerly anticipating the exploration of the dynamic U.S. food scene, Luke is poised to uncover American pastry trends while bringing his unparalleled expertise and creativity to new heights.

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. 

 *Offer cannot be combined with any additional discounts. Only eligible for classes taught in the United States.*

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