MARCH 2018

​The World Pastry Cup comes to Italy

For the first time  Italy, the home of pastry making, will be hosting the prestigious finale of the European Pastry Cup, set to take place in Turin, leading up to the world finale in Lyon in 2019  

Turin, March 2d, 2018. The Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie makes its début in the country of tiramisu and cassata, that invented the ice cream cone, the pastiera and the panettone. 
On June 10th, at the occasion of the Gourmet Expoforum, the Oval Lingotto exhibition center in Turin will be hosting the European Pastry Cup, the European selection of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, the glorious international pastry competition founded in Lyon in 1989 by the great master pastry chef Gabriel Paillasson. After its debut in Paris in 2012 and two editions in Geneva, Turin is the next chosen city for this continental selection round. Thus, the city of the gianduiotto chocolate and the bicerin coffee will turn into the European capital of culinary arts in 2018: over the same days, from June 11th to 12th, the fair will also be the stage of the Bocuse d’Or Europe, continental selection round. In the history of the contest, the Oval Lingotto exhibition center, with a 1 300 seating capacity, will be the largest area ever accommodating the competition because pastry is a sport of excellence and performance. 

Martin Chiffers, former president of the club of the UK, will be the president of honour of the event. He led UK to be one of the most important nations in pastry field, so he is the witness of this incredible success story. 

Turin welcomes 8 nations

In the run-up to the finale of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, following on from the Copa Maya in Mexico City, the Asian Pastry Cup in Singapore and the African Cup in Marrakech, the European Cup is the most expected selection round and the one that showcases the highest level. During that one-day event, from 10am to 5pm, time of the awards ceremony, 8 teams will be competing. The order in which countries will be competing has just been officially decided by drawing lots: 

1. Belgium
2. Turkey
3. Sweden
4. Russia 
5. Poland
6. Switzerland
7. Bulgaria
8. Israel

As Italy has won the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in 2015 with the team of Chefs Fabrizio Donatone, Emanuele Forcone and Francesco Boccia, the country is already qualified to take part in the finale in 2019 in Lyon, and is part of the TOP 5 nations. 

5 hours competition challenge, three places for the world finale

To qualify for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, the 8 teams will have 5 hours to create a frozen fruit dessert and 10 desserts on a plate, each made by one of the two candidates of the team. They will have to make one sculpture made of sugar and one made of chocolate. At the end of each session, the international grand jury will taste the creations to select the winner of the European Pastry Cup and the other two countries going on the road to Lyon. 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 -; 5 countries out of the remaining participants will be given a “wild card” by the jury. These “wild cards” established by Gabriel Paillasson are attributed to nations who deserve it the most, thanks to their achievement in the contest.