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.
Naomi Mizuno of Japan is crowned World Chocolate Master of 2007
2nd prize goes to Yvonnick Le Maux (France), 3rd prize to Carmelo
For the first time the final took place at the Salon du Chocolat
Professional held in Paris whilst the competition was built around
the theme of ‘National Myths and Legends.’
Throughout the competition the competitors thoroughly demonstrated the mastery of their art in front of a jury of experts headed by Francisco Torreblanca, the master Spanish chocolatier. The tension increased throughout the three days of intense competition as spectators watched awestruck from the public galleries at the amazing technical skills and dexterity of the competitors who created some real works of chocolate art.
In addition to the first, second and third place awards the jury gave special awards for best moulded and hand-dipped pralines, best gastronomic chocolate dessert, best chocolate pastry and best creative chocolate showpiece.