24 Nov. 2015
A true indicator of talent, the famous challenge, held every other year, did not fail to reveal its share of future talents during the 20th Salon du Chocolat.
The Japanese chef Tatsuya Onishi was nominated as the winner of the Relais Desserts Charles Proust Trophy for 2014!
Relais Desserts and Grand Marnier, partner of the trophy, elected him as the winner of this fifth edition held last October 29th during the Salon du Chocolat in Paris.
The prestigious international competition also confirmed the interest of the public, who came in great numbers to take part in the event.
Tatsuya Onishi, who works at Motomachi Cake in Kobe (Japan), won the final of the challenge thanks to his talent and know-how against 14 contenders from France, Belgium, Italy and Japan. All contenders came to present their creations to an expert jury presided by Jean-Paul Hévin this year.
Contenders expressed their creativity by producing an art piece on the theme of “Dali and his work”. They offered an extraordinary tasting session on the theme of praline chocolate cake with a hint of Grand Marnier liquor. The prize was attributed to the chef getting the highest number of points on the two criteria of taste and art. Innovation and originality were also important criteria to get points.
The competition was tight indeed as all creations presented by the young pastry chefs were found of great quality by the jury, both in terms of taste and design.
Prize list of the Relais Desserts Charles Proust 2014 :
1 – Tatsuya Onishi, from Motomachi Cake in Kobe
2 – Seiji Takishima, from Imperial Hotel in Tokyo
3 – Étienne Leroy, from Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes
The Prize for the most artistic piece was attributed to Étienne Leroy, from Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes.
The Tasting Prize was attributed to Florian Gruffat, from Patisserie Pascal Caffet in Troyes.
The Press Prize goes to Damien Benetot, from patisserie Benetot in Dole.
The Prize of the Public goes to Fabrice Pleinchene (on page 1), from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Pâtisserie in Yssingeaux.