The competitors will take part in the UK and Ireland national pre-selection for the World Chocolate Masters at Westminster Kingsway College, London on 18 February 2015, with the winner named UK and Irish Chocolate Master and going on to represent their country at the international Masters final in Paris.
During the one-day event the chefs will be tasked with creating one chocolate and one molded praline showcase, a ‘patisserie of the day’ using fresh ingredients and a new concept chocolate snack.
The four contestants are:
- Alistair Birt, Head pastry chef at William Curley
- Mary Reid, Pastry lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
- Norma Kelly, Pastry lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology
- Richie Heppell, Head chef at RAF Leuchars
The theme for both the national selections and international final for this year's World Chocolate Masters is 'Inspiration from Nature', with contestants challenged to play with colours, shapes, scents and textures to 'explain how natural products are shaped and transformed into a delightful story with cacao and chocolate at the heart'.
For more information on the competition, visit www.worldchocolatemasters.com