Learning to work with sugar is a practiced art. There are fundamentals, such as the preparation of the product, and there are techniques, such as pulling, blowing, shaping, and molding. As with all art forms, the techniques themselves require mastery that comes with many long hours of practice. Whether you are relatively new to using sugar in presentation or are accomplished but want to go higher, World Champion Chef Chris Hanmer has the right pastry programs or tutoring to match your needs.
Sugar Design 1 – 6 Hours, $400
In this class students will work in a group setting with hands-on instruction from Chef Chris. The class will cover boiling and proper storage of sugar, as well as pulling sugar, blowing sugar, and basic techniques. The students will leave with a basic knowledge of sugar projects and will start creating sugar decoration of their own.
Sugar Design 2 – 8 Hours, $800
In this class students will work in a group setting with hands-on instruction from Chef Chris. The class will cover contemporary sugar art and will build from the level 1 curriculum. The class will cover contemporary flowers, use of color, and how to make ribbon. One amenity size showpiece is created using the techniques covered in the class. This class will not cover boiling and storage of sugar.
Sugar Design 3 – 16 Hours, $1200
This 2-day class is limited to 3 students and provides hands-on instruction from Chef Chris. This class in intended for the expert sugar artist. Students will make a full sized sugar showpiece designed by Chef Chris. The class will cover design of the showpiece, casting sugar, pouring into silicone molds, pouring on vinyl, pressed sugar, pouring into vinyl tube, pulling sugar, blowing sugar, and use of color.
Modern Sugar Flower Techniques – 8 hours, $800
In this class students will learn new types of pulled and blown sugar flowers. The focus is only on new and modern flowers and techniques, and the class is for students that already have knowledge of sugar work. Chef Chris will use liquid nitrogen, molds, and new shapes to create modern sugar flowers. This class is a must for the modern sugar artist.
Guide to picking your class level:
Design 1 – Student has seen sugar techniques and worked with sugar in school, but has no real industry or practical experience.
Design 2 – Student works with sugar techniques about once a month, understands the basics, and has taken a sugar class before.
Design 3 – Student works with sugar at least weekly, has made large showpieces, and is looking to develop new techniques.