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Relais Desserts Charles Proust Competition

An illustrious competition

The Relais Desserts Association has put the Charles Proust competition back in the spotlight since 2006. Therefore this pastry historic and prestigious competition has been called the Relais Desserts Charles Proust Competition ever since. It invites talented pastry professionals every even year at the Paris Chocolate Trade Show.

An illustrious competition

The Relais Desserts Charles Proust event is one of the competitions pastry chefs love most.

As the emblem of a whole profession for close to fifty years, the competition was taken over in 2006 by Relais Desserts, which combines high expectations of quality and creativity therefore asserting the level of excellence of the competition. Relais Desserts brings a new dimension to the competition in choosing to organize it every other year in public, at the Paris Chocolate Trade Show.

Relais Desserts Charles Proust competition, a gourmet and highly technical contest, has revealed its newbatch of future stars of desserts.


From its origins up to today

The Charles Proust Relais Desserts competition has been the Pastry Chefs’ favorite contest for half a century.

The Relais Desserts Association, with the support of the Marnier-Lapostolle Products Company chose the Chocolate Trade Show 2006 to revive this awesome competition, open to all chocolate and ice-cream makers.

History of the competition:

Saint Michel: In 1871, it was one of the first mutual insurance companies that eventually became the only Pastry cooks association. Its purpose: to promote progress in pastry, find the pastry cooks jobs and pass on traditions.

Charles Proust: For over 30 years, one of the famous Saint Michel’s Day presidents.

Charles Proust competition: When Charles Proust died in 1952, the competition was created to carry on his memory.

Charles Proust competition 1st edition: 1953, in Paris.

The jury consisted of renowned pastry chefs (Messieurs Tholonniat, Franchiolo, Deblieux and Delaveyne). The winner of this first edition was Camille Laffetat. The Marnier-Lapostolle Products Company was already a sponsor back then and also present through Jean Guillou, contestant at the time, who became “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (a high honor meaning Best Craftsman of France) in 1955 and later Pastry Chef for the brand for several years.

1981: The Relais Desserts Association is created. In 2006, it consisted of 85 prestigious Pastry Chefs from all over the world.

1994: The Chocolate Trade show got its start: of course, Saint Michel, the Relais Desserts association and the Marnier-Lapostolle Products Company, they were all there for this first meeting.

1997: At this last edition, the winner was Eddie Benghanem (currently Pastry Chef for the Trianon Palace in Versailles). Jean-Paul Hévin was president.

2006: On October 28 2006, the Relais Desserts association, together with the Marnier-Lapostolle Products Company decided to revive the competition for the 12th edition of the Chocolate Trade Show in Paris.

2014: The Charles Proust competition changed its name to become the Relais Desserts Charles Proust Competition.


2006: Winner: Julien Boutonnet

2008: Pit Oberweis presided. Winner: Daisuke Tomita on the theme “ Christmas throughout the world in the 21stcentury”.

2010: Gérard Bannwarth presided. Winner: Christophe Renou on the theme “Valentine’s Day today”.

2012: Pierre Hermé presided. Winner: Paul Klein on the theme “La Fontaine’s fables”.

2014: Christophe Michalak presided. Winner: Tatsuya Onishi on the theme “Dali and his works”.

2016: Jacques Bellanger presided. Winner: Nicolas Riveau on the theme “Arts and Crafts, French Heritage”.

2018: Frédéric Cassel presided. Winner: Keita Ishiguro on the theme “Comics”

2022 : Jean-Paul Hévin presided. Winner : Saori Sasaki on the theme “Naturally”