República del Cacao Creative Pâtisserie & Latin Flavors Class

Creative Pâtisserie & Latin Flavors

June 13-14, 2023 - 2 DAYS

Gonzo Jiménez

North America Corporate Pastry Chef, República del Cacao


Brooklyn, NY

$ 980 $ 686
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Join Chef Gonzo to learn how to create modern presentations of classic desserts with a Latin flare! Drawing from his experience owning and operating his own chocolate and pastry shop, Chef Gonzo will share his tips to streamline your production, gain additional sales for your business, and wow your customers. 

Discover Chef Gonzo’s creative and “out of the box” style highlighting Latin flavors from his native Argentina using ingredients that you can reproduce in your own kitchen. As the Corporate Pastry Chef for Republica del Cacao, Chef Gonzo will be utilizing premium South American chocolate for all the pastries featured in class.

Learn from Chef Gonzo’s market driven approach to pastry where you will create practical items that can be produced on a large scale without sacrificing quality or flavor. Desserts featured in class will include retail products with a long shelf life that can increase sales for your business. 

Sign up for this pastry class to learn tips to improve your business, have fun, and get creative in the kitchen! 


  • Discover how to produce petits gateaux, tarts, entremets, molded mouses, and more on a large scale with a modern touch 
  • Learn how to reproduce Latin flavors in your kitchen using ingredients that can be sourced easily 
  • Explore different retail options that can help increase your sales 
  • Discuss ways to increase the shelf life of your products  


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.

Items to be Created in Class: 

  • Alfajor cookies 
  • Corn chocolate peach tart 
  • Pop corn Gateau 
  • Hazelnut/Dulce de leche travel cake 
  • Gianduja crunch bars 
  • Tortugas Gateau 
  • Spicy Mango 
  • Tarta Mani 
  • Cherry Pie 

Chef Gonzo Jimenez was born in Northern Argentina, raised in a Spanish household surrounded by good food and long family meals. At the age of 17, he started working in restaurants and fell in love with the culinary world. He enrolled in pastry and culinary school in Buenos Aires. After completing his studies, he traveled around the country working for 5 star hotels and celebrity chefs. 

 From 2009 to 2013, Chef Gonzo worked for large hotels in the United States including the St. Julien in Boulder, CO and The Hyatt Corporation in New Orleans and New York. Most notable amongst his various accomplishments throughout this period was the launch of his personal line of chocolates, providing different hotels throughout Manhattan, NY with high end confections. 

 In 2013, he moved back to South America to work at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Santiago de Chile. Soon after he accepted a highly coveted position with Barry Callebaut as a Corporate Chef for the South American Region and Director of the Chocolate Academy in Chile. 

 Current Netflix show Bakesquad has launched Chef Gonzo’s career into a different dimension, showcasing his chocolate art skills globally and turning him into a celebrity chef. 

 Chef Gonzo is República del Cacao’s Corporate Pastry Chef for the United States and North America. He travels North America representing the brand by teaching classes, giving demos, and providing technical assistance to all its customers. He is currently the co-owner and chocolatier of Miette et Chocolat in Denver Colorado where he exclusively uses República del Cacao chocolates to create his confections. 

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.

Refer a friend for a class at l'Ecole Valrhona Brooklyn and you will  both receive a $200 credit towards your next class!
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