How to temper chocolate (video)

Chocolate is more than simply an ingredient. It is an icon. To a chef, chocolate represents opportunity, an almost limitless set of techniques, styles and recipes just waiting to turn a piece of chocolate into something truly spectacular.

Of all the techniques involving chocolate, none is more daunting than the art of tempering. By heating chocolate to a particular temperature, then cooling to another, it can be reshaped before it sets …