Texture, Flavor, Contrast: Inside the Chocolate Academy with Chef Lauren V. Haas

Chef Lauren V. Haas is the Lead Chef at the Chicago Chocolate Academy, where a talented team of pastry chefs taste, test, educate, and create, supported by the Barry Callebaut Chocolate family of companies and products.

Chef Lauren’s pastry is masterfully subtle; she packs an immense amount of flavor, texture, and color in to tightly composed, classically influenced dishes.

Want to dive deeper into Chef Lauren’s work? You can explore the full recipes for each piece in the spotlight at the Chocolate Academy Website.



To make standard-bearing pastry, it takes standard-bearing tools. Explore a few of Chef Lauren’s favorites, below.


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The Exoglass Oval Tartlet Mold is a perfect solution for a two-person treat. Lots of surface area for long lines, beautiful glazes, and cross-hatches.

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