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Just some fun chocolates for a recent event, from left to right:

- Salted caramel and Calvados caviar on a caramalized white chocolate and bacon stock chantilly in a dark chocolate cup

- Seville orange, carrots, and habanero confit on sanv blanc and passionfruit coulis and finished with maldon salt and rosemary flower in a dark chocolate cup

- Carbonated champagne pate on a rose dark chocolate ganache finished with Yuzu zest and lavender in a dark chocolate cup

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Added by Robert Shea on January 28, 2010 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

AoC: The Conclussion

For those of you that have been following my dramas with the AoC (your numbers are stunning! I had no idea!)... it is time for me to wrap it all up.

After requesting once again that they forward me their alleged evaluations and once again receiving no reply... how long does it take to compile notes? I wrote them a rather less polite letter. This time I stated that I wished for my money to be returned as they had failed to fulfill their end of our agreement. I told them that I did not… Continue

Added by Robert Shea on July 3, 2009 at 4:51am — 2 Comments

Academy of Chocolate Part 3

At this point I'm just going to advise everyone against using this organization of crooks.

After again asking them about the feedback, the only reason I approached them in the first place, I waited two months and nothing. Not a peep from them, how long does it take to organize some notes? In two months, I've been able to organize 10's of thousands of pages of documentation, what is their issue? (You know, I hear there is this thing called a automated data processor, Madison Ave calls… Continue

Added by Robert Shea on April 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Chocolate Reviews

Seeing as how I have STILL not heard back with meaningful review from the Academy of Chocolate (it seems like they would have needed to put this information together at the time of judging, not months later) I've been thinking a lot about flawed review systems. The thread on the ethicalness of chocolate reviews only exasperated my frustration with this topic.

I should be able to say that I think Amedei is an overrated product that has never won an award that wasn't bought and paid… Continue

Added by Robert Shea on March 17, 2009 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

In defense of vanillin

Whole Foods Market, the Academy of Chocolate, and other superficially quality focused organizations have all picked an unlikely whipping boy to highlight poor quality and artificiality... vanillin.

What is vanillin? It is the chemical responsible for the dominate flavor note in vanilla and it's what makes many barrel-aged spirits, wines, and vinegars "smoother" with time. In fact, a fun trick is to turn rotgut scotch into fancy scotch by the addition of a drop or so of vanillin (a… Continue

Added by Robert Shea on February 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Why the Academy of Chocolate is garbage

For full disclosure sake, we did enter this year and we did not win anything. However, we did not expect to win anything and my only desire was non-American feedback from people who don’t know me. (I only sent them my aesthetically imperfects as we don’t need feedback on looks and saw no reason to waste good product)

Devil in an Apron is a nonprofit organization, yes we do offer a few products, for cost, that demonstrate new concepts in chocolate and confection: fat based… Continue

Added by Robert Shea on February 15, 2009 at 1:40am — 13 Comments

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