Chocolate cravings explored
London based Willie Harcourt-Cooze will join the team at Baroque Bistro and Patisserie as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival for a series of once-in-a-lifetime chocolate experiences. Willie, dubbed an eccentric entrepreneur with a mission to educate the public in the delights of top quality chocolate, came to fame in 2008 with the airing of his Channel 4 documentary, ‘Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory’
To be honest I've never actually heard of Willie Harcourt-Cooze until now through media releases and seeing this name being part of Crave Sydney International Food Festival this year — plus seeing that crazy photo of him in a tub of chocolate (see below) that reminded me of the sweet-toothed Chocolatesuze. For those in the know I'm sure they'll be interested in his Willie's Wonky Chocolate Dinners ($220, 4 & 5 Oct) at Baroque Bistro where he'll be joined by Baroque's chefs Peter Robertson and Jean-Michel Raynaud to showcase a 5-course savoury to sweet menu. I wonder if Adriano 'Freakin' Zumbo will be checking it out? It's certainly not a cheap event but quite possibly a once-in-a-lifetime 'golden ticket' event for those with a sweet tooth who really enjoy their chocolate to no end. The Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Masterclass ($120, 3 Oct) is a bit more reasonably priced and you'll still get to meet Willie and taste a variety of recipes showing how chocolate can be used in dishes both savoury and sweet. For something affordable for everyone Baroque’s award-winning pastry chef Jean-Michel Raynaud will create a chocolate macaron made using Willie’s premium quality chocolate product. The limited edition macaron will be available at Baroque for the month of October for $2.50 each — that's even cheaper than Cafe Cre Asion, and hopefully just as wickedly good.
To help sweeten the dinner deal Baroque Bistro are offering a FREE box of 6 Limited Edition Chocolate Macarons (per person) using Willie’s premium quality chocolate if you mention 'Simon Food Favourites' at the time of booking a chocolate dinner — that's worth $15 and you decide whether you want to share them or not. To claim this special offer contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PROS: It's chocolate — leave no prisoners — made by an eccentric chocolate entrepreneur
CONS: Expensive but a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Possible sugar overload pending
MUST TRY: The chocolate macarons
No rubber duckies were harmed in the making of this photo — I hope!
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