Over three days, more than 40 top chefs and chocolatiers performed demos in two culinary theaters, giving guests a chance to watch the masters prepare sinfully delicious recipes and masterful chocolate creations. Demonstrations included Tina Casaceli, Director of Pasty and Baking Arts at The FCI and Pastry Chef-Owner of Milk & Cookies Bakery, Dean of Pastry Arts Jacques Torres, and Pastry Chef-Instructor Kir Rodriguez, who worked with Classic Pastry Arts students for two months to create the Haunted House of Count Shock O'Lade, a massive 242-pound chocolate house made of dark, milk, and white chocolate.
In addition to their demonstrations, François Payard, Johnny Iuzzini, Karen Demasco, and Jacques Torres were among the chefs offering book signings. Newcomer 2 Chicks with Chocolate, a mother-daughter team, poured free chocolate martinis for guests in the Chocolate Cafe.
Guests also had the opportunity to enjoy the Beauty Pavilion, a showcase of chocolate within the beauty industry and its wide variety of uses, where they could sign up for private Chocolate Massages, Cocoa Bean Nail Polish Manicures, and Cocoa Hair Treatments. There was even a KidZone providing fun, creative, and educational activities related to chocolate for children and their parents.
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