Top Patissier in Asia is a biennial competition organized by The Federation of Japan Confectionery Associations as part of the fair Japan Cake Show, which highlights the quality of oriental pastries.
This year the international panel of judges was made up by great pastry chefs and collaborators of our publications: Angelo Musa (so good #4, so good #14), Takashi Ochiai (so good #8) and Jordi Bordas ( so good #6, so good #9, so good #13).
The contenders from different Asian countries had to create an artistic chocolate figure with molded bonbons and another hand-dipped in chocolate on the first day, and on the second day, an artistic sugar piece with entremets. Candidates, as Jordi Bordas explains, who “have had to be trained in two disciplines as technical as sugar and chocolate without forgetting about taste, confirming the high level of the competition”.
The resulting creations, added the Catalan chef, are in the World Cup category, so the decision was not easy. In the end, Tomohiro Sugawara – Japan (first prize), Ben Goh Kai Chuen – Singapore (second prize), and Hwei Min Lau – Malaysia (third prize) took the podium.
In our conversation with the creator of B • Concept, he also highlighted the brilliant organization of Top Patissier in Asia, “nothing was random, showing a solemnity for the trade and for the participants as I have rarely seen”, in addition to the great expectations generated among the public, “around 2,000 or 3,000 people visited the fair and various competitions.”
Bordas, Ochiai and Musa will once again be the international judges in the next edition, which will be hosted by the China Association of Bakery and Confectionery Industry in Beijing in 2017.
Photos: Jordi Bordas