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Rebecca Carins wins World Chocolate Masters Qualifiers Australia 2014

Rebecca Carins - Chocolate Showpiece - World Chocolate Masters Australian Qualifier 2014 - Close upThree master chocolatiers, Rebecca Carins of Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School in Melbourne, Elicia Chan and Sassi Matteo competed on Sunday, May 25 for the opportunity to represent Australia at the World Chocolate Masters next year in Paris.

 

Visitors watched in awe as the entrants created individual chocolates, an entremet and a chocolate sculpture around the theme “Inspiration from Nature”. These products were created in eight gruelling hours of competition organised by Australia’s ‘Queen of Chocolate’ Kirsten Tibballs and proudly presented by Callebaut and Cacao Barry.

 

Rebecca Carins - Chocolate Showpiece - World Chocolate Masters Australian Qualifier 2014 - WorkingArriving at 6am to begin judging the contenders were Kanjiro Mochizuki from The Imperial Hotel Japan, considered one of the world’s leaders in sugar work and has served on the jury of the National Pastry Team Championship and Coupe de Monde in Lyon. He was joined by Adriano Zumbo of Adriano Zumbo Patissier, and Deniz Karaca, who was placed third when he competed in Paris at the World Chocolate Masters 2013.

 

Unusually warm weather in Winter saw contestants swelter in the Hordern Pavillion, not at all ideal for chocolate. Unfortunately for Sassi, the heat caused his showpiece to welter and fall. Fortunately, he made a miraculous recovery and was able to finish his chocolate showpiece in time.

 

It was Rebecca Carins’ who withstood the heat of the competition and took out the major prize, a Robot Coupe Blixer 3 and the opportunity to compete in the Asia Pacific World Chocolate Masters Qualifier in Taipei. As runner up, Elicia Chan won a trip overseas to Taipei to watch the Asia World Chocolate Masters Qualifier.  For third prize, Sassi Matteo won a class with 2013 World Chocolate Masters Champion Frank Haasnoot at Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School.

 

Rebecca’s remarkable chocolate showpiece is now on display at Savour. Stay tuned for more on Rebecca’s journey to Taipei.

 

Asia Chocolate Masters – Deniz Karaca of Australia wins!

Deniz KaracaAustralia has done it again; first place in the Asian World Chocolate Masters selections for the second time in a row.

 

After being awarded first place at the national qualifier in Australia last May, Deniz Karaca from Epicure catering in Melbourne, has been training tirelessly to prepare for the Asian WCM qualifier recently held in Taiwan. At stake, the top two countries would qualify to compete in Paris at the World Chocolate Masters.

 

With the theme ‘Architecture of Taste’, competitors were challenged to create a chocolate show piece, two identical chocolate gateaux, 40 moulded chocolates and a reinvention of the classic mille feuille.

 

The jury panel and audiences were fascinated by Deniz’s showpiece which captured the essence of the competition theme. ‘Just like a building or a bridge, taste has its very own architecture’ says Deniz, when asked about his showpiece creation by the jury panel. ‘For a building, its strength is measured by the way it is put together just as much as what elements where used to build it, such as wood, stone or steel. The same principal can be applied when creating flavours’.  Entremet - Deniz Karaca

 

Going into an international competition, judges genially have no expectations regarding Australia, which is a good thing, as we can fly under the radar a little bit. They are mostly drawn to the countries that have dominated for decades in chocolate and patisserie such as France, Belgium and Switzerland. These countries have already established a fierce rivalry, and judges are often very critical, searching long and hard for an opportunity to mark then down. Deniz’s work, however, was a stand out in the Asian competition, with the judges impressed by his innovative creations.

 

The top two in Asia were Australia and Macau, both winning the chance to compete in the World Chocolate Masters in Paris. For his achievement, Deniz also took home a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and won the honour of designing his own chocolate mould by Chocolate World, the leading chocolate mould manufacturer in Belgium.

 

Deniz now has the monumental task of training for the WCM held in Paris on the 28th and 29th of October this year. He will now compete against 20 of the leading chocolatiers and pastry chefs from around with the world to try and secure the title of World Chocolate Master 2013.