March 11, 2009

Amoretti World Pastry Team Championship

In this month's Dessert Professional, there is a great piece by editor Tish Boyle featuring interviews from all of the teams who participated in last August's Amoretti World Pastry Team Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. Teams from the U.S.A., Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, South Korea, China, Mexico, and Russia all competed, with the following results:

Gold Medal - Team U.S.A.
Silver Medal - Team Japan
Bronze Medal - Team Switzerland

Boyle interviewed all nine teams, and each interview is accompanied by a dessert recipe that the chefs prepared at the competition. It's an interesting piece that highlights the different culinary traditions of the world, as well as how the French tradition of the pastry arts has set the tone for excellence. For instance, Team U.S.A. was comprised of three Frenchman. But as Laurent Branlard, team captain, said,"I think it would be very difficult to come to this competition and do a peach cobbler." I couldn't agree more.

And for those of you who are interested, the 2009 Amoretti World Pastry Team Championship is coming up this summer.

2009 Amoretti World Pastry Team Championship
Monday, July 6 - Tuesday, July 7, 2009
VenueJW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel and Spa, Phoenix, AZ

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