Pastry Blog & News
A tremendous success is the best definition for Ramon Morató’s ‘Chocolate’, a book published by Grupo Vilbo. Not only due to the thousands of copies sold so far, but also thanks to the countless praises and honors which both the author and the publishing house have received from professionals all over the world.
The third edition of Spain’s Best Butter Croissant Contest was recently celebrated in Barcelona. This initiative, promoted by the Pastry Guild in Barcelona, encourages all professionals to present their product as a way of finding the perfect croissant. The size, the shape, without horns, the degrees it was cooked in, how crunchy the crust is, its airy and puffy cavities, and of course, flavor are the elements which the panel of judges uses to determine their verdict.
Starting with 2,500 pounds of some of the world’s best chocolate from Barry Callebaut the five contestants of the 2010 World Chocolate Masters U.S. selection competition didn’t waste any time over the two-day event, creating five different chocolate masterpieces, including a plated dessert, a multi-layered mousse cake, molded and hand-dipped pralines, and a towering showpiece made entirely out of chocolate.
We have reasons to celebrate. We must applaud the joint collaboration of chocolate manufacturers, universities, cocoa farmers worldwide and even the almighty IT giant IBM to promote an investigation which will complete the cocoa genetic map and be made available to the world. Its free access will avoid a product’s intellectual property, which will come from this genetic information, does not become a barrier. In this way the sector benefits from the advances in science and secures its viability.