Students sculpt using chocolate

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PATISSERIE students in Sheffield created a series of elaborate sculptures made from chocolate.

The Sheffield City College group made the professional displays from Belgium couverture - a high quality chocolate with pure cocoa butter.

Sculptures included a Santa, Christmas tree, stars and snowmen, and were made using complex techniques.

Senior lecturer Mick Burke said: “They are a decorative confectionery centrepiece, and in an architectural or sculptural form. You’ll see them a lot in patisserie shop windows in Belgium and Switzerland. Students are developing high-level patisserie skills that will equip them to get jobs within industry.”

The college has an award-winning reputation for bakery, catering and hospitality, and patisserie courses.