Introduction to Chocolate: Basics of Chocolate & Pastry

Introduction to Chocolate: Basics of Chocolate & Pastry

September 12-13, 2023 - 2 DAYS

Sarah Tibbetts

Ecole Valrhona Pastry Chef - North America

Brooklyn, NY

$ 980 $ 784 $ 686
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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Are you new to working with chocolate and want to enhance your skills? Then this is the class for you! L’École Valrhona Chef Sarah Tibbetts will teach you the different ways chocolate can be used in your desserts and confections, and how to apply these techniques at a novice level.  

During this class Chef Tibbetts will share how to use hollow chocolate forms to produce chocolate bonbons, teach you hands on how to properly temper chocolate, and create chocolate décor. Create ganaches, whipped ganache, and cremeux that can be used in simple tarts, verrines, plated desserts, decadent cookies, and more. Chef Sarah will also teach you how to take multiple components and compose a dessert.  

This class is perfect for savory chefs who are tasked with making desserts, or chefs new to the industry! 


  • Learn how to properly temper chocolate 
  • Create chocolate décor, bonbons, and desserts using simple and easy to replicate techniques  
  • Experience practical kitchen time hands-on with chocolate 

Class price includes light breakfast and coffee in the morning, lunch each day, a class recipe book, apron, travel mug, pen, and 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 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!

Sarah Tibbetts
Brooklyn, NY

Sarah Tibbetts

Ecole Valrhona Pastry Chef - North America


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 cancellation 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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