Japan wins confectionery world championship in France
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Japan won the World Cup of Confectioners ahead of France and Italy at Sirha, the premier event for restaurant and hospitality professionals. in Chassier, near Lyon, France.
According to the president of the competition, the famous French confectioner and chocolatier Pierre Erme, the distinguishing qualities of Japanese confectioners are “attention to detail, perseverance and dedication”.
This is Japan's third victory since the competition's inception in 1989, the last time Japan won the cup was in 2007.
Seventeen teams from around the world, each consisting of a chocolatier, a caramel specialist and a making ice cream, took part in a two-day final. More than 50 countries took part in the qualifying round of the competition.
The Special Prize for Environmental Responsibility was awarded to Canada as this year's theme was climate change. Candidates had to design their creations around the theme and use sustainable raw materials, and no additives or colorings were allowed.
Candidates had ten hours to prepare 42 tasting desserts, including lollipops, and three artworks, one of which was an “ice sculpture”.
The last two competitions were won by Malaysia (2019) and Italy (2021). Among the winners of past years — Belgian Pierre Marcolini (1995), French Christophe Michalak (2002) and Jerome De Oliveira (2009).
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