Les Petits Chefs make chocolate ravioli with Chef David Arseneau

Kids cooking with Chef Dave Arseneau on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my Petits Chefs are lucky lucky guys!  This week we had the pleasure of accepting Executive Chef David Arseneau’s invitation to cook with him (again!) at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel. Last time we visited, we cooked in the dining room overlooking the baseball field (it was hard to keep the boys focussed on the dessert, such was the lure of the field!) and made delicious panna cottas.  Chef Dave has been keeping an eye on the boys over the past little while so when he invited them to come and cook with him this week, he told me he had something a little more complex in mind because he thought they could handle it. That’s what I like to hear – folks who give kids credit for being capable in the kitchen.

And what exactly did Chef Dave have in mind?

Kids making chocolate pasta dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comSome pasta dough – but could it be… some cocoa powder in there?

Chocolate pasta dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comIndeed it could – Chef Dave had the boys making chocolate ravioli!

Topped with a beautiful raspberry crème anglaise which involved lots of whisking

Kids whisking egg yolks for crème anglaise on eatlivetravelwrite.comand a lot of “supervising”

Kids working with Chef Dave Arseneau at Renaissance Toronto hotel on eatlivetravelwrite.comand stirring….

Kids cooking at the Renaissance Toronto hotel kitchen on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, over at “Team Chocolate Pasta”…

Kids mixing chocolate pasta dough on eatlivetravelwrite.com(lots of messy hands but lots of smiles too)

A few minutes later….

Kids kneading pasta dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comCan I just say I love how the boys just got on with making this pasta dough. Not one thought about if it’s hard – they just said “Yes Chef” to everything he asked them to do. LOVE that kids have no fear – need to channel that myself!

And look at the gorgeous dough they made:

Rolling out chocolate pasta dough with Chef Dave Arseneau on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids making chocolate pasta dough for ravioli on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids rolling dough to make chocolate ravioli on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, another group of boys had made a mascarpone/ honey filling for the raviolis and the boys got to work making pretty puffy pillows of pasta…

Mascarpone filling in chocolate ravioli on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids putting mascarpone filling in chocolate ravioli on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids making chocolate raviolis on eatlivetravelwrite.comAren’t they exquisite?

Chocolate raviolis filled with mascarpone on eatlivetravelwrite.comChef Dave plated the food to show the boys how it might look if her was serving this in the restaurant. We were all swooning!


Chocolate raviolis with crème anglaise and honey mascarpone filling on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys got to plate their own raviolis and choose what to put with it.  Then, of course, they got to try it out. It was so silent in the kitchen you could literally hear a pin drop!

Kids eating chocolate raviolis on eatlivetravelwrite.comThank you so much Chef Dave for welcoming our little group into the kitchen  and taking time out of your busy schedule to work with them.  The boys had a blast and learned a lot (namely that pasta CAN be chocolate flavoured and it’s not that difficult to make!). Your generosity is SO appreciated!



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8 thoughts on “Les Petits Chefs make chocolate ravioli with Chef David Arseneau”

  1. Oh wow. When I read the words “chocolate ravioli” – the word oxymoronic crept into my head. Sweet pasta… surely not and so, I began to read the post with some trepidation.
    But, fantastic… really fantastic. Great job boys and Chef Arsenau… take a bow.

  2. What a great recipe and a cool choice for Chef Arsenau to pick to cook with your LPC. Great pictures of their special time with the chef.
    This work you do with them, your passion for cooking with kids…this is why you now write for Jamie Oliver!


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