Chocolate as Art
"The Chocolate Addict" Katreece Montgomery takes chocolate decoration to a new level.
Courtesy of Katreece Montgomery
Think dessert artistry can only be mastered by the Food Network? Not so, says Martinez resident Katreece Montgomery, who has made it her mission to figure out how to turn everyone’s favorite sweet staple into a sculptural work of art. A videographer by trade, the self-taught chocolate addict devotes her spare time to working out the tricks of chocolate decoration, simplifying the techniques, and sharing those discoveries with the do-it-yourself minded—like herself.
Montgomery’s website and fun, sassy instructional DVD reveal an impressive diversity of shapes and designs that she has created with this mouthwatering medium, from elaborate multipiece tulips (made by molding chocolate over various sizes of balloons) to intricately decorated 3-D cubes. Recently, her pastime has become more full-time: Soon to be releasing a second DVD, she teaches classes across the Bay Area, including a special tutorial on February 5 at Draeger’s in Blackhawk Plaza just in time for Valentine's Day.
“What I love about it is that you can combine so many different kinds of artists’ techniques. Chocolate can be sculpted, you can do stencils, paint with it. I just love how creative it is,” she says. “And if it doesn’t work out, you can just eat your mistake.”For information, go to thechocolateaddict.com.