chocolate and wine valentinesIn the video chat below, Master Chocolatier Derrick Tu Tan Pho shares his tips for pairing wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day and any other time of the year when you want to indulge. He knows his sweet stuff having won gold at the Culinary Olympics in the categories of sugar, chocolate, wedding cakes and dessert presentation.

How did you train for the culinary Olympics?

Your secrets to making great chocolate?

What is the strangest chocolate sculpture you’ve created?

Tell me about some of your specialized tools for making chocolate: induction burners, ganache frames, guitars, robot-coupes, heat guns and automatic enrobers?

What is cold fusion chocolate and beta crystals?

We’ll post our second chat soon. In the meantime, you can find Cococo stores in Canada and the US here, including the new store in Ottawa … I visited on the weekend and it’s lovely, especially for Valentine’s Day.

Derrick Tu Tan Pho is a Master Chocolatier who began his studies at the Montreal Culinary School and continued at the prestigious Ecole Lenotre Plaisir in France. He has been recognized as one of the Ten Best Pastry Chefs in Montreal as well as participating in the Frankfurt Culinary Olympics held in Germany, as a member of Team Quebec who brought home the gold in the categories of sugar, chocolate, wedding cakes and dessert presentation.

He is the former Director of the Chocolate Academy of Canada and the Ambassador for the artisanal producer Cococo Chocolatiers, the Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut® company based in Calgary but available across Canada and the US.

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You’ll also find lots of wine pairings for chocolate and chocolate-based desserts in the Drinks Matcher