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Two Day Chocolate Making Masterclass

£350.00

Payable in instalments

Join award winning chocolatier Shona Sutherland on this magical two day chocolates making masterclass.

You will be amazed at the tastes and flavours and how you bring them all together as beautifully presented chocolates.

Shona will be running the class at Strathardle Lodge.

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What you will learn

Day 1 – Introduction to Professional Chocolate Making 

Create a tasty and beautiful variety of professional chocolate delights with award winning Shona Sutherland  from Taystful using all the main chocolate making techniques 

Key learning: 

  • understanding tempering of chocolate 
  • casting moulds  
  • main chocolate making techniques – slab ganache, using hollow spheres, moulded chocolates, using  transfer sheets, polycarbonate moulds, magnetic moulds 
  • finishing techniques including hand dipping, capping and coating 
Day 2 – Advancing Skills Handmade Chocolates 

Using more advanced chocolate techniques we will cover: 

  • cocoa butter colouring of moulds and masking stencils 
  • multi layer chocolates 
  • butter ganache 
  • snacking bar 
  • herb infused ganache  
  • fruit caramel 

You will not only be able to take away your delicious creations in the packaging supplied, you will keep all the  recipes for recreating chocolates in the future, and have a wealth of skills transferrable to many other chocolate  applications!  

2 Day Chocolate making course

2 Day Chocolate making course

Shona Sutherland, with a wide range of previous chefing experience over the years, opened her chocolate, patisserie and wedding cake business in Blairgowrie, Perthshire in 2011. She runs courses and workshops throughout the year at Taystful, online and at other venues, including colleges and cook schools in the UK and Europe.

She is a dedicated board member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, and also holds membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Scottish Chefs and the Association of Pastry Chefs, with competition judging experience at various events.

She has had many culinary successes, including winning of the chocolate cake category of the Scottish Baking Awards, Gold and Silver medals at the Scottish Culinary Championships for filled chocolates and chocolate showpiece, she received a Bronze medal at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg for another creative chocolate showpiece and more recently was proud to be pastry chef for the double Silver medal winning Scottish Culinary Team at the Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart 2020.

Shona Sutherland

Strathardle Lodge is set just to the east of the village of Kirkmichael, Perthshire, which is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Scotland. Set amongst woodlands and in the foothills of the Cairngorm National Park, it is truly a spectacular place to chill-out.

While you are attending the cake course your partner could be out exploring the countryside or local distilleries, both whisky and gin!

There are numerous walking and cycling routes from the Lodge and skiing at Glenshee is just 25 mins away for the winter months.

The Lodge has 200m of river frontage with fishing rights.

Strathardle Lodge is the ideal place to relax, chill-out and get back to nature.

How to get here:

The closest train station is Pitlochry, which is 20mins away.

This is a mainline station and a main stop for the regular London to Inverness high speed services.

We offer a complimentary collection/drop-off service when you are attended a course.

Closest Airports:

Aberdeen – 1hr 45mins, but no easy access by train

Edinburgh –  1hr 45mins, easy tram ride to Waverley station to catch the train to Pitlochry

Glasgow – 2hrs 15mins, regular 500M bus service that drops at Queen Street station where you get the train to Pitlochry

Strathardle Lodge has 8 en-suite letting rooms plus a 3 Bedroom letting apartment. Rates are from £75 per night on a BnB basis.

Since taking the property on Paul and David have embarked on a renovation project to bring the former hunting lodge back to life.

On the ground floor there is the Honesty bar, which doubles up as the breakfast room. The bar offers licensed and soft drinks with a selection of crisps, chocolate bars and microwave meals should you get peckish. You simply add them to your room sheet and they are tallied up and paid at check-out.

Evening meals are available at the Kirkmichael Hotel, which is just 500m away in the village.

There is a very relaxing guests lounge and the cake training room and CakeFlix filming studio are also on the ground floor. If you still have energy left after the class, then there is a small gym that you can use to keep fit.

All rooms (with the exception of Room 6, King suite) are dog friendly. There is a secure doggie play area to the rear of the Lodge and plenty of walks from the front door.

We look forward to welcoming you to Starthardle Lodge Guest House & Cake School.

Book a Room

What to bring

All tools, materials, lunch and refreshments are provided. You just need to turn up!

Lunch & Refreshments

Lunch and regular refreshments will be provided as part of the course. We will be in touch a week before the course starts to ask if there are any special dietary considerations.

Dinner

If you are staying and looking for an evening meal then the Kirkmichael hotel is just a 500m walk into the village, where an extensive menu is served. If you don’t fancy going out, then the former public bar at Starthardle Lodge has a selection of snacks and microwave meals from our honesty bar area.

Its a great place to unwind in front of the open fire and relax into the night.

Relax & Enjoy

Our two key objectives are that you enjoy the whole experience and have two amazing cakes to take home that you are super proud of.

What you will learn

Day 1 – Introduction to Professional Chocolate Making 

Create a tasty and beautiful variety of professional chocolate delights with award winning Shona Sutherland  from Taystful using all the main chocolate making techniques 

Key learning: 

  • understanding tempering of chocolate 
  • casting moulds  
  • main chocolate making techniques – slab ganache, using hollow spheres, moulded chocolates, using  transfer sheets, polycarbonate moulds, magnetic moulds 
  • finishing techniques including hand dipping, capping and coating 
Day 2 – Advancing Skills Handmade Chocolates 

Using more advanced chocolate techniques we will cover: 

  • cocoa butter colouring of moulds and masking stencils 
  • multi layer chocolates 
  • butter ganache 
  • snacking bar 
  • herb infused ganache  
  • fruit caramel 

You will not only be able to take away your delicious creations in the packaging supplied, you will keep all the  recipes for recreating chocolates in the future, and have a wealth of skills transferrable to many other chocolate  applications!  

2 Day Chocolate making course

2 Day Chocolate making course

Shona Sutherland, with a wide range of previous chefing experience over the years, opened her chocolate, patisserie and wedding cake business in Blairgowrie, Perthshire in 2011. She runs courses and workshops throughout the year at Taystful, online and at other venues, including colleges and cook schools in the UK and Europe.

She is a dedicated board member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, and also holds membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Scottish Chefs and the Association of Pastry Chefs, with competition judging experience at various events.

She has had many culinary successes, including winning of the chocolate cake category of the Scottish Baking Awards, Gold and Silver medals at the Scottish Culinary Championships for filled chocolates and chocolate showpiece, she received a Bronze medal at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg for another creative chocolate showpiece and more recently was proud to be pastry chef for the double Silver medal winning Scottish Culinary Team at the Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart 2020.

Shona Sutherland

Strathardle Lodge is set just to the east of the village of Kirkmichael, Perthshire, which is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Scotland. Set amongst woodlands and in the foothills of the Cairngorm National Park, it is truly a spectacular place to chill-out.

While you are attending the cake course your partner could be out exploring the countryside or local distilleries, both whisky and gin!

There are numerous walking and cycling routes from the Lodge and skiing at Glenshee is just 25 mins away for the winter months.

The Lodge has 200m of river frontage with fishing rights.

Strathardle Lodge is the ideal place to relax, chill-out and get back to nature.

How to get here:

The closest train station is Pitlochry, which is 20mins away.

This is a mainline station and a main stop for the regular London to Inverness high speed services.

We offer a complimentary collection/drop-off service when you are attended a course.

Closest Airports:

Aberdeen – 1hr 45mins, but no easy access by train

Edinburgh –  1hr 45mins, easy tram ride to Waverley station to catch the train to Pitlochry

Glasgow – 2hrs 15mins, regular 500M bus service that drops at Queen Street station where you get the train to Pitlochry

Strathardle Lodge has 8 en-suite letting rooms plus a 3 Bedroom letting apartment. Rates are from £75 per night on a BnB basis.

Since taking the property on Paul and David have embarked on a renovation project to bring the former hunting lodge back to life.

On the ground floor there is the Honesty bar, which doubles up as the breakfast room. The bar offers licensed and soft drinks with a selection of crisps, chocolate bars and microwave meals should you get peckish. You simply add them to your room sheet and they are tallied up and paid at check-out.

Evening meals are available at the Kirkmichael Hotel, which is just 500m away in the village.

There is a very relaxing guests lounge and the cake training room and CakeFlix filming studio are also on the ground floor. If you still have energy left after the class, then there is a small gym that you can use to keep fit.

All rooms (with the exception of Room 6, King suite) are dog friendly. There is a secure doggie play area to the rear of the Lodge and plenty of walks from the front door.

We look forward to welcoming you to Starthardle Lodge Guest House & Cake School.

Book a Room

What to bring

All tools, materials, lunch and refreshments are provided. You just need to turn up!

Lunch & Refreshments

Lunch and regular refreshments will be provided as part of the course. We will be in touch a week before the course starts to ask if there are any special dietary considerations.

Dinner

If you are staying and looking for an evening meal then the Kirkmichael hotel is just a 500m walk into the village, where an extensive menu is served. If you don’t fancy going out, then the former public bar at Starthardle Lodge has a selection of snacks and microwave meals from our honesty bar area.

Its a great place to unwind in front of the open fire and relax into the night.

Relax & Enjoy

Our two key objectives are that you enjoy the whole experience and have two amazing cakes to take home that you are super proud of.

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