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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2010
Jodie Van Der Velden of Josophan's Fine Chocolates has won many awards -- but that doesn't stop her constant search to improve her skills with chocolate. Earlier this year, Jodie was off to Chicago to take a course in Chocolate Sculpture and Plated Desserts for fine dining at the Callebaut Academy in Chicago. The all expenses paid trip was her prize for winning an Australian Chocolate Dessert competition last year. She had her choice of attending any of three Callebaut Academies around the world but chose Chicago because she had already attended the ones in Belgium and France. Late last year, Jodie also visited Paris for the Salon du Chocolat. She attended the professional exhibition, open only to professionals in the industry. The exhibition is described as "a vibrant showcase for cutting edge chocolate making techniques, growing regions, equipment and ingredients from all over the globe". She also visited the public exhibition where the latest offerings from French chocolatiers were sampled. The highlight of that trip for Jodie was the final of the World Chocolate Masters Competition between 19 of the world's best chocolatiers and pastry chefs, each of whom had won their own national competition (as Callebaut did not host an Australian National Masters Competition in 2009, Australia was not represented in the finals). Each competitor was required to construct a showpiece made completely of chocolate, 1- 2 metres tall, desserts, hand dipped and moulded chocolates, a gateaux and decorate a hat, using only chocolate. The theme of the competition was Haute Couture, which allowed competitors to create stunning chocolate masterpieces resembling cat walk models, designer's showrooms and everything in between! In search of better chocolate There's also a live steam (1.32 scale) Aster NSW Garrett, fired by either methylated spirit or real coal. Then there's 'O' Gauge, the one most baby boomers played with, Hornby clockwork and electric being the most popular. TPA has developed a range of Tinplate electric 'O' gauge trains. The track is weatherproof, but you can't run tinplate trains in the rain. "Garden rail is a hobby for both sexes and all ages," says John. "And what better way to get a family member involved in the garden -- we guarantee they'll be out tending the lawn edges even in the rain!" Trains, Planes and Automobiles 86 Great Western Highway, Mt Victoria. Tel: (02) 4787 1590. Open 10am-5pm, 7 days. www.antiquetoys.com.au Pictures from All Aboard, Mittagong. autumn 2010 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 19
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