The UK Pastry open is a chance for some of the UK’s top pastry chefs to come together and compete for a place in the world renowned Coupe Du Monde de la Pâtisserie competition.
For this years 2015 show, which will take place in London Olympia from the 5th-7th of October, eight entrants have been announced and they will fall into the following categories; Chocolate Candidates and Sugar Candidates. The candidates for the Chocolate category are Dale Desimone of the Grosvenor House Hotel, Chris Zammit of Camilleri Kitchen, Richie Heppell from the RAF Officers Mess, John Costello from Nestle, Abdel Halim of MESSAOUDI and Chris Seddon from Coutts. The sugar category contains Joakim Prat from Maitre Choux and Florian Poirot of Florian Poirot.
This year’s theme for all contestants will be either a carnival and fairground or fairytale theme. Candidates will be judged on the cleanliness and organisation of work, variety of skills, techniques used and innovation, neatness of work, harmony and aesthetic in line with the rules, as well as how the dessert is integrated in the display for presentation
The competition is set to be a show stopping event, with a judging panel of some of the most highly acclaimed pastry chefs from across the British Isles, judging the contestants for four end prizes. This years panel will see names such as; Martin Chiffers, Benoit Blin, Stephane Glacier, MOF, Brian Turner, Sara Jayne Stanes, Ruth Hinks, James Petrie, Cherish Finden, Mourad Khait, Denis Drame, Nicolas Bouhelier, Barry Johnson and Michael Nadell.
Not only can the contestants compete for prizes in the categories of ‘Overall Winner with the highest total marks’, ‘Best Chocolate Display’, ‘Best Sugar Display’ and ‘Best Tasting Fruit/chocolate entremets’, but after careful consideration the official UK Team squad selection for the Coupe Du Monde de la Pâtisserie 2017, will be announced, based on the results of the UK Pastry Open. This result will not be released until a later date, which we will announce in due course.
The overall winner is usually automatically selected to be part of the next official Pastry Team, representing the UK at the next Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, (Pastry World Cup), in Lyon in 2017. However, at the last Coupe du Monde, the UK Pastry Team came 6th, which means they will go straight through to the final competition in Lyon, bypassing the European Coupe du Monde, which normally determines the European teams that go forward to the final competition.
Exciting times lay ahead for these hopeful Pâtisserie chefs, so don’t miss out on your chance to see who gets through to the next round.
Find out more information about the competition here | www.therestaurantshow.co.uk