The chefs at L’École Valrhona gathered over a number of days to draw inspiration from trends in fields such as architecture, fashion, design and painting. They gave their imagination free rein as they discussed and shared ideas. The aim of the event was to bring a whole new dimension to your desserts and chocolate bars, to redesign pastry and even to dream up new sweet courses for restaurants. The participants’ only rule was to provide you with very simple tips and ideas which you would be able to use in your kitchen with total ease.


For this second issue of Exercises de Style entitled “2. Unexpected Delights”, our chefs wanted to transport you to the places you least expected – and what a journey it turned out to be! In this new world of imagination, flavors are surprising, appearances deceptive, forms intriguing and desserts can become anything you want. Gourmet dining becomes a delicious game, a voyage of discovery and, above all, an enchanting experience.

With these recipes, our pastry chefs invite you to step off the beaten track, spark customers’ curiosity and astonish them with an experience like no other.

Here there are no predictable or boring desserts, only creations as unexpected as they are divine. Your customers won’t find them anywhere else, and they won’t forget them either. What could be better than seeing their eyes widen with curiosity, before a smile of amazement spreads across their face? You can rest assured that they’ll be back to introduce these gorgeous desserts to their friends.

Be inspired and surprised by Unexpected Delights as you explore our chefs’ ideas and the different steps that will turn them into a reality. Check out all our tips and techniques to create out-of-this-world desserts.

Our pastry chefs have dreamt up a festive yet unexpected New Year’s dessert for you. At first glance, it’s a chocolate dessert with a simple, elegant look – but that’s only because it hasn’t yet revealed the treasures within!


Step off the beaten track with a product that plays with flavors, textures and colors. These crisp, crunchable chocolates make for irresistible coffee breaks.


Who among us hasn’t dreamt of putting away their ubiquitous verrine glasses, however appreciated they undoubtedly are by gourmet diners? This offbeat version of the dessert is guaranteed to surprise. Easily transportable, fun and customizable, it’s an event in itself!


Offer your customers far more than just a dessert and transform the end of a meal into a creative, unforgettable moment. Your customers are artists, and you’re going to prove it!