The winner of the event will go on to represent the UK at the next Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in Lyon in 2017, with the rest of the team being chosen based on the results of the UK Pastry Open.
The eight participants are:
- Dale Desimone from the Grosvenor House Hotel
- Chris Zammit from Camilleri Kitchen
- Richie Heppell from RAF Officers Mess
- John Costello from Nestle
- Adelhalim from Messaoudi
- Chris Seddon from Coutts
- Joakim Prat from Maitre Choux
- Florian Poirot
The categories, which will be judged by some of the UK’s top pastry chefs are: Overall Winner with the highest total marks, Best Chocolate Display, Best Sugar Display, and Best Tasting Fruit/Chocolate Entrements.
On the judging panel will be: Martin Chiffers, Benoit Blin, Stephanie Glacier, Brian Turner, Sara Jayne Stanes, Ruth Hinks, James Petrie, Cherish Finden, Mourad Khait, Denis Drame, Nicolas Bouhelier, Barry Johnson and Michael Nadell.
Each candidate will be given six-hours to prepare a sugar display or a chocolate display based on their chosen theme will be either ‘carnival and fairground’ or ‘fairytale’.