Description Couture Chocolate de William Curley:
Couture Chocolate first examines the origins of one of the world's most popular foods -explaining the method of creating chocolate, how its quality depends to a large extent on the variety of bean used, and the differences between plain, milk and white chocolates. It reveals how some of today's most popular flavors -such as vanilla and chilli- were those favored by the pioneering Aztec chocolatiers centuries ago. In the chocolate master class, William shares his techniques and most mouth-watering recipes, starting with the basics: tempering and making a bar of chocolate- advice on how to add exotic flavors like rosemary or raspberry- and introducing different textures. Once those skills have been mastered, it's time to tackle some of his incredible creations.
WILLIAM CURLEY's career began with an apprenticeship at Gleneagles Hotel, followed by several years at numerous Michelin-starred establishments, working with respected chefs including Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Marco Pierre White at The Restaurant and Marc Meneau at L'Esp?rance in France. William then became Chef Patissier at The Savoy Hotel, where he met fellow patissiu00e8re and future wife Suzue, whose Japanese heritage influences many of the flavours found in their recipes. In 2004, they opened their first chocolate shop in Richmond, followed by the opening of their equally successful Belgravia store. Increasing demand for their chocolate and patisserie creations led to a William Curley concession opening in Harrods. William Curley has been awarded Britain's Best Chocolatier by the Academy of Chocolate four times and has won numerous other awards.Jose Lasheras started his photographic career in Madrid, later moving to Milan where he worked for ten years as a freelance photographer for various publications at Conde Nast, Italy. In 1996 he brought his stunning photography skills to London and he now works regularly as both photographer and painter for a wide variety of clients, ranging from Burberry to Wedgewood.