We could say that the legend grows. The title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) in its Chocolatier event, the highest distinction that a professional in France (and perhaps in the world) could aspire to, held a new edition that left the title void after considering that none of the nine finalists reached the minimum score to deserve it.
Held at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie (ENSP) in Yssingeaux on 13-16 February, few could imagine that none of the nine professionals who had reached the final would get the praise of the Jury, composed of renowned MOFs. Despite doing a more than remarkable job and months of hard preparation, the jury found none of the excellence the title of MOF pursued after all the events.
The nine finalists were: Sylvain Bortolini (Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, USA), Samuel Covin (Dalloyau, Paris), François Giménez (Maison François Gimenez in Lyon), Vincent Guerlais (Maison Guerlais in Nantes), Miguel Laureau (Maison Hirsinger in Arbois), Edouard Morand (Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes), Christophe Morel (from the boutique with the same name in Montreal, Canada), Christophe Pomie (Maison Pomie in Graulhet), and Jean-Marc Scribante (Chocolaterie Scribante et Dornon in Kobe-shi, Hyogo in Japan).
Four years after the last edition, the MOF Chocolatier is left unawarded in its 2015 edition and will have to wait a similar period before expecting new dates. We’ll see what happens the next few days with the rest of the MOFs that are taking place and where the So Goog magazine team will have a very close presence, especially in its Patissier and Glacier edition.
Photos thanks to AB3C.