National Selections: Report


You could cut the tension in the air with a knife! On the 18th September at the Restaurant Show at Olympia, London four expert chocolatiers battled it out to become the UK Chocolate Master and go onto to represent the UK in the World Final in 2008.

The theme of the competition was ‘National Myths and Legends’ and the four competitors had to create showpieces, dipped and moulded pralines, pastries and desserts around this theme.

The first thing the competitors had to produce was their showpieces. This proved a very nail biting time for the growing crowd of spectators. After this nerve racking start to the competition the four hopefuls went on to create their pralines, pastries and desserts. 

The judges had their work cut out by trying to select the out and out winner.
Tensions mounted as Brian Turner announced the overall UK Chocolate Master as Mark Tilling.

Mark works as the head pastry chef at Lainston House Hotel, in Winchester. He has worked at various hotels as well as managing a delicatessen / patisserie and working as a chocolatier making hand-made chocolates and wedding cakes.

Mark has gained various qualifications and achievements through out his career including chocolate – gold award, best in class and best in show at the Bournemouth Hotel and Catering Exhibition.

Javier Mercado impressed the jury with the delicate taste of his creations. He won the Taste Award.

For more information, please contact Simon Harris, UK Gourmet Business Manager
Callebaut UK
Tel 01295 224700

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