October 24, 2013

Four Seasons Hotel Milano Presents the “Chic”olate Room — Its Annual Chocolate Room Goes High Fashion

A magnificent space at Four Seasons Hotel Milano (Milan,Italy), the legendary Chocolate Room, which opens every year under a different theme, debuts a fashionable new look in 2013.
Renamed the “Chic”olate Room for its new fashion theme, the space showcases chocolate designed in extraordinarily stylish ways. Fifteen two-metre (6.5 foot) high panels clad the room’s walls – each carefully decorated and painted with chocolate depicting fashion sketch-style on-trend silhouettes, mixed with animal prints and camouflage patterns. Plinths are stacked with chocolate bags and stilettos, and chocolate busts are decorated with elaborate necklaces and hand-painted hats.
Creator of this fantastical sweet world Pastry Chef Johannes Walk was inspired by Milan’s fashion district of picturesque streets fronted with luxury boutiques — a short stroll from the Hotel.
“I looked at many fashion images but most of my inspiration came from walking around Milan’s fashion area, on streets such as Via Montenapoleone close by the Hotel, and peering into the beautiful, meticulously curated windows of the luxury fashion boutiques,” Johannes says.
Using 120 kilograms (265 pounds) of dark, milk and white French chocolate, Johannes worked on the room for more than 100 hours — often to the whirr of fans to ensure his unique chocolate creations wouldn’t melt.
A life-sized chocolate mannequin clothed in a dress made of ribbons and discs of white, dark and milk chocolate is the room’s masterpiece. 
“When guests walk in here their jaws drop. It is so exciting to watch them react to the room — every one really is like a child in a candy store,” Johannes adds.

On Sundays, the decadent room is replete with as many as 15 chocolate themed desserts, such as chocolate panna cotta and chocolate Sacher cake, where dessert is served to diners of the Hotel's famed Brunch. Also available for hire as part of an exclusive dinner or event, the “Chic”olate Room at Four Seasons Hotel Milano is sure to close the occasion with the sweetest, most memorable finale. 
Chic right?

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