Following a day of precision weighing, baking, icing and sculpting, Sweden have scooped gold at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie European Final 2018, the World Cup of Pastry, held in Turin, Italy today.
Teammates Martin Morand and Jessica Sandberg from Sweden will now get the chance to defend their flag during the World Finale in Lyon (France) in 2019 thanks to their stunning creations on the “Mother nature” theme.
Left: Sweden Fruit Dessert
Right: Sweden plate
The jubilant Swedes were joined on the winning podium by the Belgium team, taking silver, while bronze went to Switzerland. In an unexpected twist, President Gabriel Paillasson exercised the right to activate a “wild card” during the award ceremony, picking Poland as the fourth team to join the qualifying teams.
Eight countries competed in this qualifying round, where they were given 5 hours to create a frozen fruit dessert and 10 desserts on a plate as well as one sugar sculpture and one chocolate sculpture.
Special awards went to Russia for their chocolate sculpture and Poland for the sugar prize, while Turkey took home the eco-sustainable prize. Only Bulgaria and Israel left empty-handed.
Next Stop – Lyon
The four qualifying countries will now head to Lyon for the world cup in 2019 which also marks the competition’s 30th-anniversary celebrations.
A total of 22 countries will participate in the 2019 Finale: 3 countries will go through from each continental selection round; plus the top 5 nations – Italy, Japan, USA, South Korea, UK.