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UK Chocolate Master puts Britain at the Top Table

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UK Chocolate Master puts Britain at the Top Table

UK Chocolate Master puts Britain at the Top Table
December 09
22:06 2013

UK Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks, has secured the highest place ever achieved by the UK in the World Chocolate Masters.  Her top five placement saw her overcome intense competition from 19 national champions including candidates from France and Belgium.

Success at the World Chocolate Masters has now propelled Ruth into a select group of chocolatiers considered by the industry to be world class. She has also demonstrated that when it comes to chocolate and pastry, the UK can now hold its own against the very best.

An initiative by Callebaut, Cacao Barry and Carma; the World Chocolate Masters is the ultimate challenge for professional chocolatiers and pastry chefs.  Celebrating its tenth year, the competition is open to candidates who won their respective national heats – which saw Ruth secure her place in the competition’s history books as the UK’s first ever female Chocolate Master.

The World Chocolate Masters  is the only culinary competition based on the performance of an individual; over three days competitors have to create a 2m high chocolate showpiece, a chocolate layered cake, a gastronomic chocolate dessert, 50 moulded pralines, 50 dipped pralines and a chocolate globe all around the competition’s theme: “The Architecture of Taste”. In interpreting the theme, Ruth based her work on the honeybee which she describes as “nature’s architect.”

Day one involved the assembly of the chocolate showpiece. Says Ruth: “The chocolate showpiece is the category which really captures the public’s attention. Most people are astonished when they see what can be created out of chocolate. There were a few unfortunate candidates whose showpiece collapsed before judging. I was lucky, mine collapsed shortly afterwards!” she reflects.

The panel of international judges was full of praise for Ruth’s other chocolate delicacies. Says Ruth: “Having Sergio Herman (Special President of the Jury and a three Michelin starred chef) comment that my chocolate cake was ‘absolutely incredible’ was a wonderful feeling.”

Speaking after the competition, Ruth the owner of the chocolatier and patisserie Cocoa Black in Peebles said: “The past 24 months have been a wonderful journey. To compete against 19 national champions in an event streamed live online is about as intense as it gets. To finish the competition officially recognised as one of the top five chocolatiers in the world is incredible to me. I had a huge amount of support from my family, my coach Martin Chiffers (President of the UK Pastry Team) and the team at Callebaut. I’d also like to thank the many supporters who travelled to Paris and those who voted for my showpiece online – Thank You everyone!”

Robert Harrison, Sales Director, UK and Ireland, Barry Callebaut said: “My warmest congratulations go out to Ruth; the World Chocolate Masters is the most demanding culinary competition in the world and to become the highest ever seeded GB entrant is a testament to Ruth’s hard work during these last two years. I’d also like to thank all the “Team UK” supporters, the 2012-2013 competition has been our biggest competition to date which wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support.”

Italy’s Davide Comaschi was crowned the 2013 World Chocolate Master. In second place was Marike Van Beurden from the Netherlands with Deniz Karaca from Australia in third.


Special Awards

Special awards were also presented for each of the categories, with the 2013 World Chocolate Master, Davide Comaschi, winning “Best chocolate showpiece”, Marike Van Beurden “Best moulded praline” and “Best chocolate pastry”; and Hans Ovado from Spain was awarded the “Best dipped praline” and “Best gastronomic chocolate dessert”. As a highlight for the 5th World Chocolate Masters, two new awards were also introduced for the “Best Creation of the Architect of the World” which went to Deniz Karaca. Davide Comaschi received the “International Press Award”.

This year and for the second time, chocolate fans had the opportunity to vote online for their favourite showpiece, which saw Luis Robledo from Mexico scoop the prize with  22,509 votes on the World Chocolate Masters website.


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