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Liam Tomlin Food at Leopard's Leap Vineyards is celebrating Valentine's Day with a special class. On 8 February, pastry chef Vanessa Quellec will present a Valrhona chocolate Valentine's Day dessert class.

The comprehensive class will include a discussion of the importance of the textures and balance of plated desserts. The dessert will be comprised of four different textures of chocolate, including a sauce, and an ice-cream. Vanessa will demonstrate and explain plating and design as well as teach the basics of method including how to temper chocolate, the emulsion method, pastry dough, and ice-cream making and churning.

This class is perfect for anyone who want to improve their dessert-making skills, and learn how to make something extraordinary. The class will be presented in Liam Tomlin Food's demonstration kitchen and will run from 09:30 to 13:00.

Vanessa Quellec is currently the brand ambassador for Valrhona chocolate in South Africa. Educated at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, she has worked as a pastry chef at famed restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Le Circque and Gordon Ramsey at The London in New York, and The Vineyard (UK). In South Africa she was pastry chef director at The Roundhouse and Cafe Milano in Cape Town before starting her relationship with Valrhona via Wild Peacock Food Emporium.

Book for this class by emailing The cost for the class is R700 per person.

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