The UK is one of the Top 7 countries which, having registered the highest scores in the last three editions of the Coupe du Monde, has a direct ticket to the final to be held in Lyon in 2017, but is required to hold a qualifier to decide the national team members. A qualifier that in this country’s case took place on October 5. The UK Pastry Club organised it at the Restaurant show.
A total of six candidates, four in the chocolate category (Dale Desimone from the Grosvenor House Hotel, Chris Zammit from the Camilleri Cocina, John Costello from Nestle, and Chris Seddon from Coutts) and two in the sugar category (Joakim Prat from Maitre Choux and Florian Poirot of Nestle) were evaluated by the jury of such highly acclaimed pastry chefs as Martin Chiffers, Benoit Blin, Stephane Glacier, MOF, Brian Turner, Sara Jayne Stanes, Ruth Hinks, James Petrie Mourad Khiat, Denis Drame, Nicolas Bouhelier, Barry Johnson, and Christophe Redon.
The overall winner of this UK Pastry Open and selected automatically to travel to Lyon have been Florian Poirot. The announcement of the two others candidates will compete the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie under the British flag will be at a press launch, 1st week of November.