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Chocolatier of the Year 2012

Chocolatier of the Year 2012


Alberto Ruiz
Jérôme Landrieu, Barry Callebaut's Chocolate Academy Director
Barry Callebaut’s Chocolate Academy Director, Jérôme Landrieu

The Chocolate Academy of Chicago and Cacao Barry® are searching for the Chocolatier of the Year in 2012 in its annual L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge, a competition that encourages creativity and expertise in designing and executing original creations.

L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge is currently open for registration at, with the deadline to register as December 5. Once registered, contestants are asked to submit an application package, which includes a portfolio of their personal information, photos and recipes as well as one gâteau de voyage and one spreadable paste. All packages are due to arrive at Barry Callebaut in Chicago either on January 12 or on January 13, 2012 by 5 pm CT.

Up to 12 finalists will be chosen and flown to Chicago to compete at the state-of-the-art Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy the weekend of May 4, 2012 for the chance to be crowned Chocolatier of the Year 2012, and a chance to win one of three prizes totaling $12,000.

Each finalist will submit their two finished gâteaux de voyage and two containers of spreadable paste the morning of the final round. The gâteaux de voyage and spreadable pastes must be identical to the ones submitted for the finalist selection. Finalists also will have six hours to prepare their original chocolate pastry, chocolate tablet and tabletop showpiece. Renowned pastry chefs will evaluate the items based on the published judging criteria.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced on the last day of competition and will receive $4,000, a Chicago Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy class coupon, round trip airfare to Chicago plus accommodations, a shared feature in a leading food industry trade publication, and a signed copy of Ramon Morató’s book “Chocolate”. Awards and prizes also will be awarded to second and third place winners.

Official contest rules and entry form are available at

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