The World Chocolate Masters are the one of the world’s leading global culinary competition dedicated solely to the art of chocolate. Hosted by gourmet chocolate brand Cacao Barry this biannual event brings together twenty participating countries from all over the world, to compete in one thrilling gastronomic championship. Competitors will first prove themselves during the national qualifiers, where they earn the honour of representing their country at the world final. They will then go onto the World Chocolate Masters, which will take place this year at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris. The final contestant will be crowned World Chocolate Master and retains this prestigious title for the next two years.
This year the exclusive event usually reserved for industry professionals will now be open to every chocolate fan, as the finals will be taking place at the consumer fair Salon Du Chocolat. This year’s competition theme is ‘Inspiration from Nature’. With plenty of room for creative and artistic interpretation, the theme will encourage finalists to showcase their ideas on what the future role of chocolate should be, and how this relates to nature.
The finalists will have to create a chocolate showpiece, a moulded praline, a sweet on-the-go snack and a concept called ‘My Or Noir Story’. For the latter the candidates get to develop their own signature chocolate in Cacao Barry’s Or Noir laboratory. It is the most personal quest of each contestant into the ultimate chocolate taste. By experimenting with cocoa bean varieties, flavour notes and cocoa body, they develop their own chocolate, unique like a fingerprint, and presenting a unique taste profile.
This year the format of the competition will also be slightly different. There will still be the usual schedule of competing between the chefs for the first couple of days, but day three will now see a new final round, where the 10 best performing chefs will compete. They will then go on to complete an all-new competition assignment in which they will have to produce a Patisserie of the Day. This task has to be completed ‘à la minute’ and will be judged on its presentation of fresh and delicate flavours and textures. The last assignment in the final round will be titled: ‘Where Nature goes’. The aim of this challenge is to create a compact, yet highly expressive artistic creation in which the chefs are required to use state-of-the-art techniques and showcase new ideas around shaping chocolate.
For all those who will not be able to make it to Paris, but are devoted chocolate fans can watch the competition from their PC, tablet or smart phone as it unfolds. The 3-day livestream of the final can be viewed at www.worldchocolatemasters.com and on the Salon Du Chocolat website during the course of the competition.
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