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The Pastry World Cup – Lyon 2013

Posted on by John Spillings


This weekend myself and many friends and colleagues from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons are heading off to Lyon in France to cheer on and support the UK Team competing in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (The Pastry World Cup).

The competition involves creating artistic sculptures made from sugar, chocolate and ice, and making and presenting chocolate and fruit dessert gateaux’s as well as creating and plating 12 identical desserts, all to be judged.

A great friend and ex-colleague of mine Nicolas Bouhelier is on the team and will mainly be responsible for the chocolate sculpture.

The competition is held every two years alongside the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition. In 2011 the UK team competed for the first time and was mentored by Benoit Blin, Head Pastry Chef at Le Manoir who is now also the Chairman for the UK Pastry Club. After only having a few months to prepare they were placed a very respectable 9th out of 19 teams and won best promotional campaign.

Heading for Lyon 2013 the team have had two years to practice and have performed strongly in the heats, achieving best sugar and best chocolate sculptures as well as overall winners of the European Cup 2012.

I wish the team all the best and look forward to seeing you in Lyon.

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