IAmA master chocolatier. AMA anything about making sweets!
EDIT: Thanks a million, Redditors! This was a fun experience for me outside of my kitchen. I love my job, I love my work and it never feels like work dealing with chocolate. If you ever need to change careers, you might want to consider chocolate in any form. I hope you try our chocolates one day and you might have a little more insight now on how I create the flavors. Maybe we will do this again. :)
Greetings, Reddit! I am chef and master chocolatier Julian Rose of Moonstruck Chocolate, an artisan chocolate company based in Portland, Oregon. I have been making pastries, chocolates, confections and other sweets for more than three decades. I was director of the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Quebec for 8 years, a professional training center specialized in chocolate and one of only 15 such schools in the world. More than anything, I have a passion for incorporating many of the unique, gourmet flavors I discover locally and abroad – such as beer, champagne, basil or curry – into my recipes.
I’ve just returned from an international culinary festival and would love to answer any questions you have about making confections, or what it takes to become a master chocolatier. I am French Canadian and willing to answer any questions you may have in French as well! Let’s see what you’ve got, Reddit – AMA!