A French team has won the 15th edition of the Coupe de Monde de la Pâtisserie (World Cup in Patisserie), marking the eighth time in a row that France has claimed top prize at the competition.
The biannual contest saw teams from 22 countries compete in a 10-hour event in from of a live audience. Countries selected included Argentina, Denmark, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, the UK and the US. Chile, India and Indonesia took part in the contest, which took place in Lyon on January 22 and 23, for the first time this year. Each team is made up of three specialists – a pastry chef, a chocolate maker and an ice-cream specialist.
Rock’n’Roll was the theme, and the French team – composed of Antibois Etienne Leroy, sous chef pâtissier at the Cap-Eden Roc Hotel, Bastien Girard and Jean-Thomas Schneider – rose to the occasion by completing “a flawless run in 10 hours of tests”, creating a guitarist and a drummer made from chocolate and sculpted in sugar. The prize was €21,000. A Japanese trio took second place and Switzerland came third.
Lyon is considered to be the centre of French cuisine.