The Alchemy of Chocolate and Confections (San Francisco, CA)

November 4-6, 2024 - 3 days

Mario Bacherini

Ecole Valrhona Pastry Chef - North America


San Francisco, CA

$ 1700 $ 1190
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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L’École Valrhona Brooklyn is proud to partner with The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco for an exclusive class on the West Coast. Valrhona Chef Mario Bacherini will teach a 3-day class on how to create chocolate and confections from scratch. Students will discover a range of techniques from classic to modern production, using basic equipment. 
In this hands on class, Chef Mario will cover recipes including bonbons, caramels, chocolate snacks, sugar confections, fruit gummies, spreads and more, without using artificial colors or aromas. 
Learn multiple ways of tempering chocolate, as well as how to create, decorate and preserve your bonbons without the use of heavy machinery. You will learn to better understand sugar concentration in candy making and how to create a selection of confections for a store, hotel or restaurants. 
Class will also include a section on the science and technology behind the recipes created in class. 


  • Explore over 20 diverse confectionary varieties, from molded bonbons to pralines, pates de fruits, gummies, and Chef Mario’s signature “Feve” snackbar.
  • Gain confidence in tempering chocolate through hands-on practice with various techniques.
  • Embrace the use of 100% natural colors and ingredients, without sacrificing presentation.
  • Improve your technical knowledge through an enriching theory segment incorporated into the class.
  • Navigate the delicate balance between tradition and innovation, mastering both modern and time-honored techniques.
  • Expand your culinary toolkit by discovering essential skills in chocolate and confections, to enrich your repertoire as a Chef.

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!


After graduating from culinary school in Florence, Italy, Chef Bacherini went on to do his apprenticeship as a chocolatier. He began working in Michelin-starred restaurants across Italy and France until he decided to settle in Perpignan, France where he trained under Olivier Bajard (Meilleur Ouvrier de France).

In 2008 he moved to Paris, France where he worked at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée with French Pastry World Champion Christophe Michalak. Four years later, Bacherini left Paris for New York City, where he took on the role of Executive Pastry Chef at Nobu, managing three restaurants. While in New York, he also traveled the world to teach Pastry masterclasses in various countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Italy and France, as well as the United States. In 2017, he moved to Los Angeles where he taught pastry classes for professionals.

He also began his own consulting company, providing help to up-and-coming bakeries, pastry shops and restaurants. He helped create menus, improved production standards, did R&D to provide new menu ideas and solutions, in addition to creating recipes and training staff.

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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