Chocolate & Pastry School

Learn the secrets of the chocolate and pastry world


Cocoa Ecosse

French Master Chocolatier and former pastry chef Olivier Nicod met his wife Vicky Rogerson, also a chef, whilst they worked together in a kitchen in France. They have made their home here in the beautiful Scottish Borders and it's no surprise that their wonderful CocoaEcosse chocolate flaunts a creative French touch.

This artisan business uses a range of locally sourced ingredients which are uniquely developed to produce a range of chocolate truffles and bars.

This is your opportunity to learn from a French Master Chocolatier! Olivier can join you at your Crabtree & Crabtree holiday cottage for a lesson in the art of chocolate making. Suitable for both adults and children, a few hours of chocolatey fun and newfound cocoa-based knowledge are guaranteed! 


Cocoa Black

For passionate foodies looking to refine or develop new culinary skills, there can be few better places to learn than the wonderful Cocoa Black in Peebles.  Ruth Hinks is a multi-award winning chocolatier and UK World Chocolate Master, placing her as one of the top 5 chocolatiers in the world.  

Whether you have a couple of hours to spare or a couple of days, you can join Ruth and her team at her Chocolate and Pastry School in Peebles for a deliciously different holiday experience. With 3-4 workshops and courses running every week, you can learn the art of chocolate and pastry making from the very best in the business. 

Learn the secrets of tempering, rolling and dipping chocolate in a two hour ‘Chocolate Truffle’ class (£50) or perhaps extend your range on a ‘Chocolate Masterchef’ course run by Ruth Hinks herself. 

Alternatively impress friends and family by creating beautiful french style patisserie, scrumptious macaroons, or exquisite petit fours at one of their ‘Pastry Workshops’ (£75 for 3 hours) or learn specialist pastry techniques on a two-day intensive course.

As well as open classes, Cocoa Black can also deliver private group and corporate events - and you even get to enjoy the heavenly results at the end!


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