“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” is theme of 26th US Pastry Competition

NEW YORK – The deadline to compete for the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition is Friday, January 16. The theme of this year’s competition is “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend: Ladies Luxuries”. The event takes place at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York on Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the awards ceremony at 4:00 pm. All attendees to the trade show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center may view the showpieces throughout the duration of the event.
Pastry chefs with more than three years experience must submit an original recipe using Cacao Noel Chocolate and Ravifruit fruit puree; a chocolate bonbon recipe; and a recipe for a plated dessert. Each participating chef will also submit a chocolate showpiece which relates to the theme of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and will be judged on the use of chocolate/sugar, visual appeal, artistic presentation, technique and originality, and successful theme execution. Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, will preside over the judging procedures. Contest awards will total over $10,000.00.
“The Paris Gourmet U.S. Pastry Competition is one of the highlights of the International Restaurant Show; one that our attendees including restaurant owners and operators and members of the international press look forward to each year,” says Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President for Urban Expositions Foodservice Events, producers of the event. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Paris Gourmet and invite the best and the brightest pastry chefs to submit an entry to participate.”
Registration is still open. For official entry form and event information, contact Shirley Hall, Marketing Manager for Paris Gourmet at 1-800-727-8791 ext. 202 or email shirley@parisgourmet.com.  
Paris Gourmet, the sponsor of the event, is a leading specialty food importer and distributor based in New Jersey and sourcing products worldwide, including North America. Other sponsors include Cacao Noel Chocolate, Pastry 1 (pastry ingredients), Beurremont Butter, Gourmand and Maison de Choix. New products from the sponsors will be on display as well.

Paris Gourmet recently named Yoshikazu Kizu from the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, FL the winner of the title of 2014 Pastry Chef of the Year for his highly technical chocolate and sugar sculpted Film Animation themed showpiece based on Beauty and the Beast. 

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