Gaudí Chocolate Village on Display at CIM

Dec 2, 2013

Five students. 3 weeks. 200 pounds of chocolate. And a vision.

These are a few of the key ingredients that went in to the creation of Antoní Gaudi’s Chocolate Village at The Culinary Institute of Michigan. The Village will be on display in the first floor lobby of their beautiful downtown campus, which is located at 336 West Clay, Muskegon, MI 49440 through January 2014.

Antoní Gaudí was a Spanish architect whose work in Barcelona flourished in the late 19th and 20th centuries. His distinctive style and creations enjoy widespread international appeal, and his work continues to be admired and studied by architects and the general public across the globe.

As the final project for their Advanced Chocolate Class, 5 students chose to create a confectionary village featuring Gaudí’s works. Under the supervision of Baking and Pastry Arts Director and Department Chair, Chef Luis Amado, students had the opportunity to not only fine tune their skills, but to also work as a team and immerse themselves in Spanish culture and architecture. “Working with these students is wonderful. They have so much talent, and it is so exciting to see them growing as artists,” says Chef Amado. The Chocolate Village is comprised of Park Güell including the Gaurd House and Service Pavillion, and the iconic Sagrada Família and its School House.

The result: an architectural masterpiece. In chocolate.