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Japan wins World Pastry Cup for third time

First-placed team Japan (centre), second-placed team France (left) and third-placed team Italy celebrate on the podium of the 2023 Bocuse d’Or pastry competition at the SIRHA (Salon International de la Restauration, de l’Hôtellerie et de l’Alimentation) in Chassieu Eurexpo hall near Lyon, southeastern France, on January 21, 2023. (AFP)
First-placed team Japan (centre), second-placed team France (left) and third-placed team Italy celebrate on the podium of the 2023 Bocuse d’Or pastry competition at the SIRHA (Salon International de la Restauration, de l’Hôtellerie et de l’Alimentation) in Chassieu Eurexpo hall near Lyon, southeastern France, on January 21, 2023. (AFP)
Team Japan’s Moe Takahashi (right) prepares a creation as she competes in the 2023 Bocuse d’Or pastry competition at the SIRHA (Salon International de la Restauration, de l’Hôtellerie et de l’Alimentation) in Chassieu Eurexpo hall near Lyon, southeastern France, on January 21, 2023. (AFP)
Team Japan’s Moe Takahashi (right) prepares a creation as she competes in the 2023 Bocuse d’Or pastry competition at the SIRHA (Salon International de la Restauration, de l’Hôtellerie et de l’Alimentation) in Chassieu Eurexpo hall near Lyon, southeastern France, on January 21, 2023. (AFP)
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23 Jan 2023 11:01:37 GMT9
23 Jan 2023 11:01:37 GMT9

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CHASSIEU (France): Japan got their hands on the World Pastry Cup for the third time after seeing off France and Italy at Sirha, the plum event for catering and hotel professionals.

The Japanese added to triumphs in 1989 and 2007 in coming through a two-day contest near Lyon against 17 teams from around the globe all comprising a chocolate maker, a sugar expert and a master ice cream maker.

Feted French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Herme saluted the winning entrants for their “attention to detail, perseverance, commitment” in producing a dessert on the theme of wind and lightness at Chassieu, outside Lyon in eastern France.

“The level of competition rises with every edition, as witnessed by such very close results,” said Herme.

Yann Brys, for the French runners-up, said he was disappointed.

“It’s not the result we wanted — placing second is always tough but it’s a good showing nonetheless,” he said.

Canada won a special eco-friendly prize. All entrants had to produce desserts without any colouring or additives on a theme of climate change.

(With inputs from AFP)

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