Barry Callebaut is looking for entrants to compete in the United States National Chocolate Masters Nov. 1-3 in Chicago. The U.S. titleholder will advance to compete against 18 other countries in the 2013 World Chocolate Masters.
Registration is available online. To qualify, contestants must submit an application package, including information about their professional experience, original recipes for chocolate layer cake and moulded praline/moulded bonbons as well as a picture of an original chocolate showpiece. The deadline for submission packets is June 29. Up to six finalists will be chosen and flown to Chicago to compete at the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy Nov. 1-3.
As part of the final competition, contestants will make a large chocolate showpiece, a molded praline/molded bonbon and a gastronomic chocolate dessert. For the last assignment, each contestant will revisit a classic American pastry, the donut, and build from his or her own inspired taste. A professional jury will evaluate the creations, based on criteria such as presentation, taste and technical skills.
This year’s theme is “Architecture of Taste.” During the final, each contestant will produce six innovative creations solely made of chocolate that reflect the theme and contain Cacao Barry, Callebaut and Carma, Barry Callebaut’s gourmet brands.
More information is available at www.worldchocolatemasters.com.