Alternative Plated Desserts

July 23-25, 2024 - 3 days

Sandra Ornelas

Master pastry Chef Trainer - Spain


Sarah Tibbetts

Ecole Valrhona Pastry Chef - North America


Brooklyn, NY

$ 1300 $ 910
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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Alternative diets, such as dairy free and gluten free, are no longer a niche trend for a small group of customers. There is a growing market with the need for high quality products and recipes adapted to those with dietary restrictions. Join Chef Sandra, Head Pastry Chef in Valrhona Spain and Chef Sarah Tibbetts, Valrhona Pastry Chef in the US to discover new alternative recipes. You will learn to create desserts geared towards the restaurant and hotel universe, both trendy and innovative to meet the needs of your customers.


  • Understand new consumer trends around plant-based pastry.
  • Discover new ingredients to create recipes that meet your clients expectations.
  • Renovate your restaurant menu with trendy alternative desserts, with varied textures and delicate flavors.

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!


Sandra Ornelas began her training at the Institut Paul Bocuse where she had the opportunity to learn alongside great names of French gastronomy. She decides then to complete her training in pastry and chocolate alongside Philippe Rigollot, World Champion pastry and Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Since 2013, Sandra has been a member of the team of pastry chefs at L'Ecole Valrhona, in charge of the Iberian market. In 2018, she accomplished third place in the international pastry competition “Pastry Queen”. In 2021, Sandra graduated with a MSc in "Food Development and Innovation" from the University of Barcelona.


A graduate of Culinary Institute of America, Sarah Tibbetts’ (born Kosikowski) stellar career includes experience at some of the most renowned restaurants and hotels in the country. In San Francisco, she worked at The French Laundry, Citizen Cake and the Ritz-Carlton Dining Room.

In Las Vegas, she continued to hone her skills at the Wynn Hotel; then, as Executive Pastry Chef at the four-star Fleur de Lys; followed by Michael Mina’s Michelin-rated restaurant at the Bellagio.

She is a 2009 James Beard Award nominee and has appeared regularly in national and local media. The extremely accomplished Chef Tibbetts joined Valrhona as its L’École Valrhona Pastry Chef Eastern USA in 2012 and was a pivotal influence in the opening of the first ever US school in Brooklyn, NY.

In July of 2016, Chef Tibbetts relocated to Chicago, IL, and in 2019 moved to her home state Michigan, where she currently resides as the North American Pastry Chef.  She conducts classes for professionals throughout the country, as well as one-on-one culinary consultations and media outreach, communicating the experience and expertise of L’École Valrhona.

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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