Spain's Lluc Crusellas earned first place in the World Chocolate Masters final, held Oct. 29-31 in Paris.
The judges were impressed by his attention to detail, creativity and knowledge of flavor. On Day 2, he impressed them with his bonbon and #TASTE assignments. During the Super Final, the judges noticed that he replaced 100% of the sugar in his brioche and still got a fluffy and moist dessert.
The top three in the competition included:
- Lluc Crusellas - Spain
- Antoine Carréric - France
- Nicolas Nikolakopoulos - Greece
Invited to express their vision of how tomorrow may taste, the competing chefs faced a series of challenges designed to evoke all the senses and put their expertise to the test:
- #SHARE is all about sharing moments of chocolate, with chefs tasked to create a chocolate gift for six people or more.
- Storytelling with chocolate: what #WOW is all about, where chefs are challenged to craft a window shop display that takes pride of place in any chocolate dream.
- #TASTE challenges chefs to make a fresh chocolate patisserie from scratch, where their vision of tomorrow takes on a local flavor with the inclusion of an ingredient sourced close to home.
- The finalists were tasked with creating an innovative #BONBON with at least two different textures — one that shows their vision of tomorrow and has a shelf life of at least two weeks.