A feel-good reality series about the complexity of chocolate making, with a career-changing cash prize!
Netflix has dropped its first season of a new reality chocolate art show that will leave you mesmerized and craving something sweet. School of Chocolate is a confectionery-focused reality competition where eight contestants will take their skills to the next level to win $100,000. This is life and career-changing money, it could help the contestants open their own restaurants, so the stakes are high. Not to mention the accolade of being crowned the winner of School of Chocolate.
Now, who doesn’t love chocolate? I am such a fan of these shows where these incredibly talented people can make impressive sculptures out of chocolate. Sometimes they’re so life-like it’s quite unbelievable.
This baking show is hosted by Amaury Guichon, a famous chocolatier who has been in the pastry industry for 17 years and has founded his own Pastry Academy. A very charming, interesting host. His accent is as dreamy as his creations. The contestants are fun, talented, willing to learn, and have a healthy competitiveness to win.
There are eight 45-minute-long episodes, which makes for a great binge watch. Each episode consists of solo activities which challenge the participants’ technical skills, but there are also some cooperation-focused group challenges. What makes this series different from others is that in each episode we are witness to a physical demonstration by Guichon. This made me want to head into my kitchen and have a go. Which I didn’t because let’s let the professional bakers show off and not let me burn myself or my house down.
This series is just as much about learning how to work with chocolate as it is a competition about who is the best at working with chocolate. I found this series to be a finer example of the baking industry. Each contestant is in a clean, white baking uniform, the design of each station being the same, giving this series a refined, posher Great British Bake-off vibe. Like Hell’s Kitchen but with no swearing.
This is something you can watch as a family or alone, you can focus, or you can have it on in the background. So, overall, this series is a captivating, creative chocolate delight. With highs and lows, delights, and dramas, this show will feed your baking series fix. You’ll enjoy this if you enjoy cooking programs from The Great British Bake-Off, nailed it, Bake Squad, and Hell’s Kitchen.
You can stream School of Chocolate exclusively on Netflix.