Masterclasses

Introduced only last year, but already a huge success: our Masterclasses! Because of their success, the Masterclass offering has been expanded for 2019. There will be two Masterclasses on Sunday, and three on Monday, each of which will take place during one of the cookery shows. This year, visitors will be able to choose between the following workshops:

Masterclasses with Cacao Barry: Dessert creations with Andrés Lara
Sunday, 19 May 2019: 12.30 – 13.15
Monday, 20 May 2019: 13.20 – 14.05

In this Masterclass, Andrés Lara shows how a wide variety of flavours can be combined with couverture in unusual ways to create startling desserts.
Born in Chicago and raised in Venezuela, Andrés Lara has laid the foundation for his career by training at the pastry school of Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canconne. The subsequent collaborations with chefs such as Ramon Morato and Albert Adrià have strengthened his love, respect and understanding for food science. Lara has further exhausted his sensitivity to a wide variety of foods and their flavours, and today creates unique, sweet compositions for Cacao Barry.

Masterclass with SMITH & SMITH Wine Company: Natural Wines with Cédric Besson
Sunday, 19 May 2019: 14.30 – 15.15
Monday, 20 May 2019: 14.45 – 15.30

What exactly is natural wine? In this high-quality seminar with Christoph Pichler (Product Manager and Director Fine Wines at Smith & Smith) and Cédric Besson from Winzerkeller Besson-Strasser in Schaffhausen ("Die 19 besten Winzer in der Deutschschweiz", GaultMillau), you will learn the difference between conventional, organic, biodynamic and natural wine. In addition to covering the different cultivation and ageing methods used in winegrowing, top winemaker Besson will also address the challenges faced in the vineyard and the cellar in relation to traditional, highly intrusive methods of fermentation and ageing and the ‘minimum intervention’ approach favoured by biodynamic practitioners and natural winemakers. Discover the differences with your own senses during two wine flights.

Masterclass with Lavazza: Coffee Cupping with Martin Ponti
Monday, 20 May 2019: 11.05 – 11.50

Martin Ponti was one of Switzerland’s first Q Graders and already has nine years of experience as a professional coffee cupper under his belt. In his Masterclass, you will experience the diverse flavours and aromas of coffee and find out how coffee is officially classified and graded according to SCA protocols. Ponti returned to Switzerland last year after working in Indonesia – one of the world’s largest coffee retail markets – for more than ten years. He now works for Coca-Cola Switzerland, managing the Lavazza Training Centre and sharing his knowledge in the role of Coffee Capability Specialist. Join him in his Coffee Cupping Masterclass to enhance your own knowledge of this precious little bean.

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