Following an exciting and impassioned competition, Barry Johnson – Rococo Chocolate – and Nicolas Belorgey – Cordon Bleu London – representing the United Kingdom, have won the European Cup that was held during the Sirha Genève trade exhibition and serves as the selection event for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. A prestigious title that opens the doors to the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie that will take place as part of the next edition of Sirha Lyon, 25th and 26th January 2015, alongside Denmark (Silver medallists), Sweden (Bronze medallist), and Switzerland that was attributed a Wild Card. Packed with exchanges and innovations the European selection for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie is the most grandiose show European patisserie has to offer. It is a wonderful showcase for Europe’s spectacular savoir-faire in the pastry art. “The Coupe Europe – selection event for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie – is a major international contest in the realm of gourmet sweetness. It is also a top of the range contest, one that drives changes in the pastry art, and introduces new trends and innovations. In each edition the chefs manage to surpass themselves, and the level increases!” explains Claire Heitzler, President of Honour of this year’s edition. “The first major evolution introduced by the Cup was to federate the pastry chefs who initially worked individually, exchanging very little. It has also revolutionised the dessert on a plate, which has become one of the highlights of any gourmet meal” adds Gabriel Paillasson, President Founder of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie.
Six European countries under the spotlight
After a series of national selection events, this 2014 edition placed six countries under the spotlight: Israel, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark. With the support of highly qualified logistics and technical staff, the teams mustered their very best efforts and worked relentlessly to bring back the Cup, undergoing a preparation programme worthy of a top sporting event. Coaching, team building, physical training… nothing is left to chance!
Four qualifying places for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie 2015
Five prizes were awarded after marking by the judges:
– 1st Prize: 4 000 € in prize money, a trophy and three gold medals, won by the United Kingdom
– 2nd Prize: 2 000 € in prize money, and three silver medals, won by the Danish team
– 3rd Prize: 1 000 € in prize money, and three bronze medals, won by the Swedish team
– Chocolate prize, won by Sweden
– Sugar prize, won by Denmark
– and also a wild card: Switzerland.
Don’t missthe final atthe Sirha Lyon in January 2015!
About the European Cup, selection event for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie
Since 1989, the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, created by Gabriel Paillasson has become a landmark event in pastry art worldwide, federating the trade and revealing new talents and innovations. It is the only contest that is organised by professionals in the pastry trade for professionals in this trade. In 2014, in order to assert its international anchoring and enable it to express its full potential, the European Cup was held as part of Sirha Genève, at the heart of the continent that created patisserie. As a tourist and business hub boasting 10’000 hotel rooms, including 17 5-star hotels, Geneva is the perfect choice to host the event. In a region that has more than 5’300 hotels, 17’000 restaurants and over 9’000 catering businesses, decision makers in the catering and hotel industries are constantly on the lookout for new solutions to accompany their development. The European Cup was held as part of the Sirha Genève, the Franco-Swiss trade exhibition for the catering and hotel industries. The event took place from January 26th to 28th at the Palexpo venue and brought together 180 exhibitors.