In 2011, a competition for professionals under 23 years old was born in Sigep in a fair that wanted to give more prominence to pastry and young people from all over the world. Since then, the World Junior Pastry Championship has become a competition between Italy and Japan. It does not matter if France and other emerging countries in Asia, such as Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan, they have not been able to do anything to break this two-way hegemony. In this latest edition, when 40 years of Sigep’s anniversary were also celebrated, Italy achieved an impressive victory with a double reading. Not only did they manage to break with Japan in the list of winners of this competition, with three victories against two, but also its delegate, Davide Malizia, was at the height of his Japanese namesake, Kanjiro Mochizuki, with two wins to his credit. This is because in 2011, it was Gianluca Fusto who led the transalpine team to victory.
Thus closed two intense days with the best possible outcome for Italy, which in addition to its first place in general, managed to get the most minor awards, except the Best Ice Cream Served in a Glass, granted by the press, for Singapore . The second place on the podium was France and third place went to Singapore.
The Italian members, Filippo Valsecchi and Vincenzo Donnarumma, made a magnificent final buffet of the theme of this edition, “Flying”. It consisted of two showpieces of chocolate and sugar, oven-baked mignon pastry (three pieces, one with fruit flavor, another with dark chocolate, and the third without filling or glaze), a dessert that should have Hausbrandt espresso, a Valrhona chocolate cake and ice cream served in a glass.
The 11 teams that participated in the competition were: Taiwan, Australia, Russia, Slovenia, France, India, Italy, the Philippines, Croatia, Singapore, and China. The ceremony was again attended by Iginio Massari, considered in Italy the master of masters.
- 2011: Italy (Delegate of the team, Gianluca Fusto)
- 2013: Italy (Davide Malizia)
- 2015: Japan (Kajiro Mochikuzi)
- 2017: Japan (Kajiro Mochikuzi)