Outside The Box
Learn how to be a Chef at home
Follow the steps to a perfect Godiva inspired Chicken Mole with Chef Thierry
Meet the Master Chocolatier Who Is Also a Chemist

Biography

Godiva’s Thierry Muret stumbled into making chocolate purely by chance after studying industrial chemistry, physics, and molecular-level crystal formation.

Thierry Muret is not your typical chocolate-maker. For more than 20 years, the native Belgian has been the executive chef of Godiva, dreaming up luxury bites to go inside little gold-bowed boxes. But that sleek chef’s uniform he wears day in and day out—a white jacket with a hat, and detailed golden embroidery—was almost the plain, practical lab coat of a scientific researcher.

Muret stumbled into making chocolate purely by chance. Before setting foot into kitchens, the artisan confectioner studied industrial chemistry, physics, and molecular-level crystal formation at the University of Belgium. In a profession where temperatures run high for traditional know-how and gastronomy, Muret’s left-brain thinking is an outlier.

He’s passionate about aromas and flavors like any gourmand, but the chocolatier’s creativity also comes from a different place—calculating chemical compounds and making those flavors work based on molecular makeups. The two worlds actually blend better than a rich ganache. Muret is an expert in crystallization, which is the essential and most challenging final step in the process of making chocolate.

How to make Chicken Mole?

8 Bone-In chicken thighs
¾ cup unsalted chicken stock
¾ cup tomato puree
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa poweder
¼ cup raisins
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ oz godiva bittersweet chocolate chips
2 cloves garlic
1 ancho chile, stemmed and seeded
½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
½ cup olive oil divided 

"Sometimes in life you strike with luck, like how some people win a million dollars," he said. "I won the jackpot by just being able to combine what I studied and my new passion. That it would be chocolate was absolutely not intended."
  • The best burgers in town are just a click away
  • Miss working out outdoors?

Stay Informed By Subscribing To The Beach Updates and get the latest news and announcements of what’s happening sent directly to you.

    • Outside The Box
      Do you know the secret behind Victoria Secret’s Bombshell?
      Famous New Yorker Perfumer Adriana Medina tells us how it was created!
    • Outside The Box
      Craving for some pasta from Fratelli La Bufala?
      Chef Francesco Moccia shares his secret on how to make Paccheri Pasta!
    • Outside The Box
      Got a sweet tooth?
      Haagen Dazs shares easy and simple tips to make the perfect banana split.
    • Outside The Box
      Craving for some Salmon?
      Sushi Art shows you how to make a Teriyaki Salmon Poke Bowl their way!
    • Outside The Box
      Calling all the chocolate lovers!
      Follow these steps to make the famous chocolate shake with Haagen Dazs ice cream.
    • Outside The Box
      Fancy a healthy dessert?
      Make oatmeal cookies at home with Pastry Chef MAKS from Oompa Loompa
    X

    Meraas Group uses cookies to understand how you use our website and to improve your experience. To learn more about our use of cookies and our approach to data privacy, click here. By continuing to use our website, you accept our use of cookies.

    Ok