TORONTO — Chef Olivier Tribut is set to represent Canada at this year’s World Chocolate Masters competition in Paris, France, following his finish at The World Chocolate Masters Canadian selection competition at Toronto’s Humber College yesterday.
“The Canadian competition is a huge opportunity to choose someone who’ll go to Paris in October to compete for Canada in the finals,” said Philippe Vancayseele, technical advisor, Callebaut Chocolates and director, Chocolate Academy Canada. “From these competitions comes education, and innovative techniques are revealed that many chefs can embrace.”
The competition did have hiccups. “I found certain elements lacked a little finesse,” said Tim Wasylko, executive chef to the Prime Minister of Canada and juror at the competition. “However that being said, it’s a big effort and the power did go out for 20 minutes, so that counts for something.”
‘The-Architecture-of-Taste’ themed event was comprised of Canadian chefs competing for marks in pralines (bonbons), chocolate layered cake and showpiece categories. Sandra Abballe won the praline category; Michael Cotard took honours for his layered cake, while Que.-based chef Olivier Tribut, won the gastronomic plated dessert and artistic showpiece categories. Chef Chris Kwok won for his reinvented Tarte au Sucre.
Tribut, chef instructor, École Hôtelière de la Capitale, Quebec City, beat the two runners-up, chefs Michael Cotard and Chris Kwok.
The World Chocolate Masters, a biennial event, attracts entries from more than 15 countries.