Callebaut’s new Chocolate Academy centre opened in Belgium yesterday, which will now enable state-of-the-art training to up to 1,000 professionals a year.The flagship centre, located next to the 103-year-old Callebaut factory, in Wieze, Belgium, will offer people the chance to work with their finest Belgian chocolate.Freek van der Knaap, vice-president of gourmet Western Europe, said: “The Chocolate Academy centres are unique when it comes to sharing best practice and increasing chocolate mastery. Currently, in our 16 training centres around the world, we partner with craftsmen such as chocolatiers, bakers, pastry and kitchen chefs. In the Chocolate Academy centre, chocolate professionals will come to train themselves, follow courses and receive demonstrations – from professionals for professionals.”The new centre builds on the existing network of 16 chocolate academy sites worldwide, with four training rooms and a greenhouse where cocoa is grown.Trainings are conducted by Callebaut chefs and complemented by ‘Chocolate Ambassadors’, a global network of renowned chefs who share their chocolate expertise with other members of their profession.Chef Alexandre Bourdeaux, head of the Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Wieze, said: “This new Academy is an incredible asset to chefs. Where else can one find a mini-production line to illustrate how Callebaut chocolate is made, or even make chocolate themselves?”The new academy will offer a chocolate tasting ritual room, a chocolate bar and a plantation experience in a small-scale reproduction of a tropical rainforest with cocoa trees.Callebaut has been crafting chocolate in Belgium since 1911.
By Simon Jennings (REUTERS) – Liverpool scored three times in nine minutes on the way to a dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester City on Sunday which ended the Premier League leaders’ unbeaten start to the season.Liverpool struck after less than 10 minutes when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surged forward from midfield to collect a neat layoff from Roberto Firmino and send a low shot past City keeper Ederson.Leroy Sane equalised shortly before the interval, but Liverpool blew City away after halftime with Firmino chipping Ederson to restore the home side’s lead and Sadio Mane striking from the edge of the box.Egypt international Mohamed Salah looked to have completed the rout when he collected Ederson’s clearance and sent the ball sailing back over the stranded keeper’s head, but City substitute Bernardo Silva grabbed one back and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan prodded home in stoppage-time.City’s first league defeat in 23 games this season left them 15 points clear at the top, ahead of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports.”The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Juergen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes.”Against the runaway leaders and without Brazilian Philippe Coutinho following his big-money move to Barcelona, Liverpool started strongly and their high pressing game was vindicated when Oxlade-Chamberlain surged forward and finished brilliantly.DESERVED EQUALISERIn an entertaining match which produced chances at both ends, City began to assert themselves before a deserved equaliser.Kyle Walker’s brilliant pass beat Joe Gomez and Sane, having controlled the ball superbly with his chest, fizzed a shot past Loris Karius’s weak attempted save at his near post.The game continued at the same frantic pace after the break with chances for both sides before Liverpool, in one of the most irresistible attacking displays of the season, scored three times in nine blistering minutes.Firmino lifted a deft finish over Ederson to restore their lead before Mane – just seconds after curling a shot against the post – unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner with his left foot.With Anfield in raptures and the visitors looking shell-shocked, Ederson’s attempted clearance only found Salah who controlled the ball before clipping it over the Brazilian from long range.