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The World Chocolate Masters, the international premium competition solely dedicated to the art of chocolate, was born in 2005, after the merger of "Le Grand Prix International de la Chocolaterie" organised by Cacao Barry, and the "International Belgium Chocolate Award" organised by Callebaut.

Since its creation, the World Chocolate Masters has been dedicated to specific themes: Surrealism, National Myths and Legends, Haute Couture, Quetzalcoatl. The 2012-2013 edition will focus on "The Architecture of Taste", where Pastry chefs and Chocolatiers from all around the world will have to express their architectural skills through taste. They will need to analyse and compose with flavours. They will need to study and design new shapes and textures, in which chocolate plays a fundamental role. The World Chocolate Masters gives the opportunity to artisans to showcase their talents and creativity, and opens the doors for international careers.

Pol Deschepper is World Chocolate Master 2005
2nd prize goes to Fabrizio Galla (Italy), 3rd prize to Kouichi Izumi (Japan)

This long-awaited final took place at Ecole Lenôtre in Plaisir, near Paris in October. A jury of 16 chocolate professionals, including Gaston Lenôtre as honorary president, chose the winners from among the 17 most talented chocolate craftsmen.
The overall winner and World Chocolate Master 2005 was Pol Deschepper, the Belgian candidate. He clearly convinced the jury as he also won awards for best showpieces and best chocolate pastry. An excited Pol De Schepper said: “I’m not the best one, I’m not the winner, we are all winners.”