Pastry Blog & News
Cacao Barry and The Chocolate Academy of Chicago are making the final preparations for the third edition of L’Art du Chocolatier, this May 17th and 18th. Five finalists, previously selected and coming from all over the US, are to make a showpiece, a sugar confection, a chocolate tablet and a dessert in a glass concept during the two days of the competition.
Quentin Bailly, Mathieu Blandin and Joffrey Lafontaine obtained the gold medal for France at the last edition of the World Pastry Cup, held on 27th and 28th January in Lyon, at Sirha’s Paul Bocuse Hall. The great favorite team proved again why they are one of the strongest and most competitive countries in this competition. Alongside the French, the Italian and Japanese teams also mounted the podium.
Winner of the sugar showpiece competition on the very first day Sigep was inaugurated, The Star of Sugar, Davide Malizia showed once again yesterday that he is at his best after leading the Italian team straight to victory during the Junior Pastry World Cup.
Next January 27th and 28th, during the SIRHA International Trade Fair (previously known as ‘Les Métier de Bouche’) in Lyon, the 13th edition of the World Pastry Championship will take place. Ever since it was first inaugurated in 1989, promoted by its current president Gabriel Paillasson, this event has done nothing but gain prestige and a spectacular nature.
‘A championship organized by and for the pastry chefs’, this is the explicit definition the organizers of PastryLive use to refer to the second edition of the National Showpiece Championship to be held in Atlanta on Sunday, August 5th, within the framework of PastryLive.
Andy Chlebana, Christophe Feyt, Stephen Durfee and Roy Pell will make up the team representing the USA in the next edition of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (Lyon 2013). They all qualified in a test held in The Grand Rapids Community College, and were chosen out of a group of eight finalists.
The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas will host the next 8 and 9 July the Amoretti World Pastry Team Championship finals. A total of eight teams from China, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, South Korea and the U.S. will compete for this international title, also accompanied by a hefty $25,000 prize.
For its second annual L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge 2012, sponsored by Cacao Barry and Chicago’s Chocolate Academy, a few changes were made to make it better, said Alexandra Urbe, Cacao Barry’s brand manager for the Americas. But one thing remained the same: “Our strong passion for this industry.”
The latest edition of the US Pastry Competition has showed that pastry is a long-distance race in which one can never renounce a dream to come true. In proof of this, you can ask Anthony Smith, who had already tried to win this prestigious competition on several occasions before, being the first one 8 years ago. His perseverance and effort have led him to win the Gold Medal and have turned him into the new Pastry Chef of the Year 2012.