Chocolate makers make various kinds of handmade chocolate and chocolate confectionery.
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- Process from cacao to chocolate
Process to transform cacao to chocolate where the seeds of the cacao tree are fermented to develop the flavour. Process from beginning to the end including the drying of the beans, cleaning and roasting, the grinding of the nibs to obtain cocoa mass and processing accordingly.
- Chemical aspects of chocolates
Chemical constitution of chocolate to alter recipes and provide customers with experiences of pleasure.
- Types of chocolate
Types of chocolate such as milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, unsweetened chocolate and raw chocolate.
- History of chocolate
Origins of chocolate. Evolution of chocolate up to today. Preservation and fomentation of the tradition of chocolate.
- Financial capability
Financial operations such as calculations, cost estimations, budget management taking relevant commercial and statistical data into account such as data for materials, supplies and manpower.
- Cacao beans varieties
Variety of cocoa beans like criollo, forastero, trinitario and their properties and characteristics to foresee the type of chocolate the cocoa can yield.
- Food and beverage industry
The respective industry and the processes involved in the food and beverage industry, such as raw material selection, processing, packaging, and storage.
- Food safety principles
Scientific background of food safety which includes preparation, handling, and storage of food to minimise the risk of foodborne illness and other health hazards.
- Manufacture confectionery
Manage the development and production of bakers' confectionery, also called flour confections, including pastries, cakes, and similar baked goods.
- Make artistic food creations
Use ingredients, mixes and instruments to create artistic food preparations e.g. cakes. Be imaginative and resourceful, and combine colours and shapes to have a good effect. Turn designs into reality, caring for aesthetic and presentation.
- Create new recipes
Combine innovative and creative ideas to come up with new recipes and preparations to extend the product of range of a company. Make modifications to recipes in order to enhance taste, reach productivity goals, develop and improve products.
- Apply GMP
Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
- Clean food and beverage machinery
Clean machinery used for food or beverage production processes. Prepare the appropriate solutions for cleaning. Prepare all parts and assure that they are clean enough to avoid deviation or errors in the production process.
- Apply HACCP
Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
- Operate a heat treatment process
Apply heat treatment aimed at preparing and preserving half-finished or finished food products.
- Implement marketing strategies
Implement strategies which aim to promote a specific product or service, using the developed marketing strategies.
- Create new concepts
Come up with new concepts.
- Ensure public safety and security
Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.
- Sculpt chocolate
Use moulds and pieces of chocolate to create three-dimensional artwork and decorate the piece with designs in chocolate.
- Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages
Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.
- Care for food aesthetic
Convey presentation and aesthetic elements into the production of food. Cut products properly, manage right quantities into the product, care for the attractiveness of the product.
- Exert quality control to processing food
Ensure the quality of all factors involved in a food production process.
- Produce confectionery from chocolate
Produce different kinds of confectionery from chocolate mass.
- Temper chocolate
Heat and cool chocolate using marble slabs or machines in order to obtain the desired characteristics for different applications like shininess of the chocolate or the way it breaks.
- Mould chocolate
Mould chocolate to make chocolate pieces that are of a certain shape. Pour liquid chocolate into a mould and let it harden.
- Perform sensory evaluation
Evaluate the quality of a given type of food or beverage based on its appearance, smell, taste, aroma, and others. Suggest possible improvements and comparisons with other products.
- Select adequate packaging for food products
Choose the appropriate packages for food products taking into account attractiveness and suitability of the package. Use proper packaging for sending it safely and at a reasonable cost. Have awareness that packaging can also influence the product characteristics such as shape, weight or solidity. Balance out various aspects such as cost, attractivity and compliance with regulations and environment protection.
- Implement sales strategies
Carry out the plan to gain competitive advantage on the market by positioning the company's brand or product and by targeting the right audience to sell this brand or product to.
Optional knowledge and skillsidentify market niches maintain working relationships perform services in a flexible manner perform chemical experiments impart training on general quality management supervision control of expenses origin of dietary fats and oils show confidence identify the factors causing changes in food during storage analyse trends in the food and beverage industries analyse characteristics of food products at reception liaise with colleagues manufacturing process of ice cream work independently in service of a food production process assess cocoa bean quality liaise with managers
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