Have you ever watched a reality contest where there was a winner but no loser? In other words, no one gets fired. It sounds a bit… boring, doesn’t it? Well, what if that contest was about creating edible sculptures out of chocolate? Does that make it more interesting? Netflix will find out with School Of Chocolate.
Opening scene: We see a man make a rose out of red dyed chocolate, then the contestants explain how to work with such special chocolate.
Gist: In Chocolate school, host Amaury Guichon, a master chocolatier, imparts her knowledge of how to work with chocolates to create edible works of art to eight pastry chefs and professionals about chocolate.
In the eight-episode season, the group of students were given a short pastry challenge, where each student had four and a half hours to produce something of their own. The winners of that challenge will select teams for a 14-hour challenge the next day, which includes a large chocolate-only project. The last two chefs of the pastry round did not participate in the team challenge, but received individual tutoring lessons from Guichon.
In the first episode, Guichon challenges the contestants to make a chocolate cake, which is an illusion. His example is a giant pencil that actually writes on paper. In the team challenge, Guichon showed the contestants how to create a strong cylinder by bending a plate of chocolate at the right time; he wanted them to create an architectural project that incorporated that cylindrical approach.
After eight challenges, Guichon will select a “Best in Class,” which he tells the chefs is an overall rating. Winners are taught a class at the Guichon Pastry Academy in Las Vegas and $50,000 to start or enhance their own business.
What shows will it remind you of? Format of Chocolate school similar to that of Top Chef or Great British Baking Show, but with a questionable twist, we’ll dive into that below.
Our Take: Format of Chocolate school mostly the tried-and-true cooking contest format we’ve seen over the years (a format co-opted by series of artists like Blown Away and Making it). But there’s a wrinkle here: No one gets fired. Guichon is actually conducting a master class in chocolate sculpting and it seems his goal is for all eight chefs to equip themselves with knowledge and skills that they can use to advance. his career.
But the fact that no one was eliminated obscures some of the competitive aspects of a show like this. Well, there’s a big prize for “Best In Class,” so there’s some competitive aspect to the show. But it all stemmed from an experience with something priceless: Education in chocolate masterpieces from someone who was a genius at his craft.
The last two in the pastry challenge in the first episode, Amanda and Tyricia, were of course disappointed that they wouldn’t be participating in the team challenge, but on the next day at least Tyricia saw a fresh side. Bright Side of Everything: She gets a private lesson from a master. Amanda didn’t quite see it that way, but still, at least they were there. Working without fear of being eliminated seems to take all the air out of the show, making it a lot less enjoyable to watch.
There are some personality quirks on display, such as Daniel telling everyone how young he is, and then mismanaging his team. But the show is mostly about chocolate sculpture, which turns out to be not particularly fun to watch in reality.
Farewell shot: Although his team lost in the first round, Guichon considered Juan the standout of the challenge due to his leadership skills. Juan now thinks there is a target behind his back.
Sleeper Star: There seems to be a bit of competition between Melissa and Stephanie, but it could all be in the editing process.
Most Pilot-y routes: We don’t know what function Guichon’s assistants, Carolyn and Devin, do other than let everyone know how much time is left.
Our call: IGNORE IT. While some of the chocolate artwork created by Guichon and the contestants in Chocolate school It’s worth noting, that the show itself is poorly structured and not designed to maintain a sense of competition that builds as the season goes on.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and others.
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