Top chef talks about the upcoming World Pastry competition

Nicolas Bouhelier, the chocolate candidate for the UK Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie team and the pastry sous chef for Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons took a minute out from his busy schedule to talk to Big Hospitality about the upcoming competition and the talent of UK pastry chefs.

Every two years, the World Pastry Cup is held to coordinate with the Bocuse d’Or contest, but even though the UK team was able to finish in ninth place last year most people is still not as aware of the competition as they are in other countries.

Bouhelier explained that in other countries the competition is actually quite well known, but the UK is not really there yet and as a result people are not as motivated to get involved with the competition. The aim of the team this year is to see the contest get more recognised throughout the UK and of course to hopefully come in a little higher than last year.

In March the UK team took home the European semi-final and also took home the top prize for best chocolate piece and best sugar piece. With this win secured under their belt, Bouhelier believes that the team will be able to change the way that people look at pastry tasks and start to think about just how much creativity is involved in making great pastries.

Also on the team this year is Javier Mercado who will serve as team captain and the sugar candidate. He is a pasty lecturer from the Westminster Kingsway College and was a part of the winning UK team during the semi-finals as well as part of the team when the UK was able to take home ninth place during the last World Cup.