Chocolate Covered

13 episodes

Claire Clark, one of the top five pastry chefs in the world, visits renowned restaurants and patisseries famous for their chocolate making and culinary excellence.

  • Series 1
  • In Cambridge Claire meets Angus, head of Hotel Chocolat, who shows us some chocolate made from single estate beans.

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  • Travelling to the world famous chocolate maker, Valhrona, in southern France we will get a behind the scenes exclusive look at how their fabulous chocolate is prepared.

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  • Today we’re travelling to the Napa Valley in California taking Claire back to The French Laundry (3 Michelin Starred) where Claire was head pastry chef for 5 years (until 2009).

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  • At the new super luxury hotel, Corinthia, in central London we’ll take a tour of the hotel and the pastry kitchen where we’ll see a cherry sauce and chocolate crème anglais being prepared.

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  • Today we’re in California taking a limousine tour. We’re visiting lots of Claire’s old friends including pastry chef Wendy at her chocolaterie La Foret.

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  • At the world famous Waterside Inn in Bray we meet Michel Roux Sr who shows us round the beautiful restaurant and its pastry section.

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  • At William Curley in London’s Belgravia – we see the gorgeous chocolate confections they offer and how they’re made.

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  • Visiting Cocoa Black in the Scottish Borders we meet Ruth and David Hinks. Ruth is a world renowned pastry chef and chocolatier who has won many prizes for her work.

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  • We go to meet Chikako Watanabe (head chocolatier) and Louise Nason (owner) at Melt in Notting Hill where we’ll see examples of their intricate work.

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  • In this episode we travel to Tuscany to visit the world famous chocolatier Cecila at Amedei. We see the chocolate process from the beans arriving in their sacks, through to actual chocolates being made.

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  • At Bachman’s Patisserie in the pretty riverside village of Thames Ditton, we meet the Swiss proprietor Ernst Bachman (one of Claire’s mentors in her early career).

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  • Today we’re at Liberty in London to meet the fabulous chocolatier Damien Allsop (as a molecular chef, he is regarded as the Heston Blumenthal of chocolate making!)

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  • In the kitchen Claire will make a selection of chocolate tea time treats, chocolate chip and orange scones with clotted cream and fabulous Paris Brest cakes.

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