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Chocs away on free courses
Over 70 people chose to spend a Saturday at college instead of wondering what to do on a wet and windy day recently.
The free courses offered by Cornwall College St Austell were very popular and saw mothers and daughters, friends and a variety of age groups come and try out courses that they wanted to learn more about.
With over 25 taster sessions that were available on the two Saturdays in June, the three-hour sessions included chocolate making, artisan bread, introduction to barista, salsa, belly dancing, carpentry, basic car maintenance, sports massage, web design, animation, nail art and many more.
Cornwall College run the tasters as an introduction to courses that will start from September, where if visitors enjoy their free session they can sign up for further classes or enquire about more learning in a particular area.
Kerry Batten, from St Austell, joined the chocolate making course on 16th June with her daughter and thoroughly enjoyed learning the secrets about making delicious handmade chocolates: “I have always been interested in cookery but this course really stood out for me as it’s been an area I would like to know more about. I am definitely going to be taking these skills home and perhaps for my daughter’s wedding next year the guests will enjoy our chocolates!”
Each student on the chocolate course got to sample the different techniques such as tempering, seeding, piping and the skills used to make patterns on chocolates. Students left with smiles on their faces and lots of chocolates in their tupperware; milk, dark and white chocolate with caramel, white or dark chocolate ganache centres.
Kerry continued: “The chocolates tasted really high quality and there are so many simple techniques to change the appearance of the chocolates. Making the ganache chocolates covered in chocolate shavings was very messy but they looked very professional and tasty at the end.”