Artistic Chocolate Showpieces

May 20-22, 2024 - 3 days

Stéphane Tréand



Brooklyn, NY

$ 1420 $ 994
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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Join award winning Chef Stéphane Tréand, MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the most prestigious award in France according to category of trades in a contest among professionals) for his chocolate showpiece class at his pastry and chocolate school in Southern California. Drawing from his extensive knowledge, experience, and innovative techniques, Chef Tréand will teach you different methods to create an eye-catching artistic chocolate showpiece.

Using tempered chocolate and specific tools, you will learn how to design and build modern, professional showpieces on a grand scale. Chef Tréand will even demonstrate how to create flowers out of chocolate and airbrush with colored cocoa butter.

No matter your level of ability, Chef Stéphane Tréand will be able to challenge you and help you discover your own personal artistic style.


  • Learn each step from sketch to finished showpiece, to create modern professional chocolate showpieces
  • Discover the tricks to smooth, texture, and shape chocolate, bringing an artistic flare to chocolate
  • Identify various ways to create fast and unique designs including molds and free-hand techniques
  • Explore various finishing techniques such as air brushing, creating chocolate flowers, and advanced decoration techniques

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

Chef Referral Program

Refer a friend for a l’École Valrhona Brooklyn 2023 professional class and receive a $200 credit to use towards a 2023 class, your friend will also receive a $200 credit to use towards the class they sign up for!

Stéphane has held a variety of positions at bakeries and pastry shops in the Paris area, where he learned the fundamentals of French pastry and bakery. In 1989, Stéphane opened his own pâtisserie tearoom “Pâtisserie Tréand,” located in Brignoles in Provence, South of France.​

While running his pâtisserie, Stéphane found another way to share his passion through teaching. In 1994, he decided to become a Pastry Teacher while still running “Pâtisserie Tréand”. In 2001, Stéphane sold his pâtisserie in order to devote more time to teaching and to pursue his lifetime dream of achieving the title of M.O.F., (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) “Best Craftsman in France” which he achieved in 2004.​

In 2005, Stéphane moved to the United States to work as the Executive Pastry Chef at The Four Seasons Hotel & Resort in Newport Beach, followed by a move to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.​In 2005, Chef Tréand won the Food Network's “Sugar Daredevils Challenge”, and in 2007 he won the gold medal at the National Pastry Team Championship (NPTC) in Nashville, TN. In 2008, he took the title of World Pastry Champion at the WPTC in Nashville, TN. Pastry Art and Design Magazine named Stéphane one of the Ten Best Pastry Chefs in the US in 2007 and 2008.​Currently, Stéphane is the Executive Chef Consultant for Occitanial, a pastry shop in Tokyo which creates South of France pastries with a pinch of Japanese sensitivity. Stéphane also shares his passion and love for the Art of Pastry at Francium Chocolate, his chocolate factory in Tustin, CA.

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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