Funky Friday: The 'Chicolate Room' at the Four Seasons Milan
Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.
The subject of chocolate has many times filled our stories, as hotel pastry chefs from around the world show off their talents and compete for our hard earned calories. The Four Seasons Hotel Milan, not to our surprise, goes the extra mile (or pound) in its very own creation of an entire room devoted to and made of chocolate. This is a feature of the hotel’s Il Brunch del Teatro and being so totally unique and off the chocolate charts, is this week’s Funky Friday.
The chocolate room has been a popular display since 2008, each year presenting a different theme. This season, Pastry Chef Johannes Walk created The Chicolate Room, celebrating fashion and glamour. It is gorgeous and a perfect fit, so to speak, for Italy’s capital of all things design.
The Chicolate Room is a small oval shaped space enclosed in walls, literally, of chocolate. Sketches of fashion designs, looking like they came off the drawing boards of famous brand designers, are replicated on the walls by the pastry team. No, you can’t touch this – or eat this— the artistry of the room is for viewing and wow effect. The room is chilled to keep the design fresh throughout the season, which closes for the summer. There is of course, a buffet of chocolates and fondues to enjoy.
As beautiful as the Chicolate Room is, taste is never second to design, according to Chef Johannes Walk. “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” When it comes to chocolate, that might be true except perhaps for the fashion models depicted on the walls of the Chicolate Room.
[Photo: Four Seasons Milan]