You’ve heard of the FIFA World Cup, however have you learnt that there’s additionally a Pastry World Cup?
That’s proper. Each two years since 1989, pastry cooks from all around the world compete to be the grand champions of the Pastry World Cup (often known as Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie).
Malaysia has been actively competing in it since 2009, with our newest representatives competing within the finals on January 21, 2023.
A little bit background
The Pastry World Cup is a world occasion that gathers the crème de la crème in pastry making. Held in Lyon, France, the competitors exams the capabilities of cooks in numerous points—primarily their talents in product sourcing, pure tastes, and exact gestures (methods).
Just like the soccer championships, the Pastry World Cup can be a crew sport. Every nation’s consultant boasts a crew of 4 cooks with totally different specialties. There’s the crew captain, the ice cream specialist, the sugar skilled, and the chocolate maker.
Collectively, they be a part of forces to tackle the totally different challenges of their respective fields. The objective? To provide visionary desserts that create a pastry revolution worldwide.
Contestants are chosen in several levels, first nationals then continentals, earlier than the ultimate competitors in Lyon.
As soon as nationwide representatives are chosen, there are 4 continental choice occasions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe respectively. A win in these continental rounds serves as a ticket to France the place prime pastry cooks from over eight nations can be gathered.
Through the grand finale, certified groups are given two days to create confectionary masterpieces. They’ll work tirelessly to make a wide range of desserts within the brief ten hours given, which can be judged by a panel of skilled cooks.
The winners will stroll away with a trophy, gold medals, money prizes, and bragging rights.
Malaysia’s 2023 crew / Picture Caption: (from left to proper) Goh Jun Wei, Charles Lim, Yap Kean Chuan, Mun Pui Teng / Debic Malaysia
Our contestants are…
This yr, 4 skills represented Malaysia to compete within the Pastry World Cup 2023—Yap Kean Chuan (crew coach), Mun Pui Teng (crew captain and sugar skilled), Charles Lim (chocolate skilled), and the youngest member Goh Jun Wei (ice carving skilled).
Every of the crew members has separate day jobs, with Yap as an government pastry chef at FrieslandCampina Skilled, Teng and Lim as pastry cooks on the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, and Goh as a pastry chef at Voila Patisserie.
With the steering of Yap and his over 15 years of expertise, the pastry cooks managed to win first place on the Asian Pastry Cup in Singapore final yr. It was right here that the Malaysian crew was additionally awarded the well-deserved particular prize for the Greatest Style with their chocolate cake.
Nonetheless, their busy schedules meant that coaching and trial runs for the competitors might solely be completed after they have been off the clock. The delay of the Asian Pastry Cup additionally meant there was lesser time to plan and put together the menu for the grand finale in France.
“In every week, we had three rounds of trial runs, simulating the competitors, which lasted 10 hours every time,” the crew shared.
The crew’s creations on the Asian Pastry Cup / Picture Caption: Asian Pastry Cup
Qualifying groups are normally given six months to prep prematurely, however contestants have been solely given two months this spherical. There are 17 confections to create from scratch and every serves as an illustration of latest methods and interpretations of this yr’s “local weather change” theme.
“Naturally, we have been barely nervous figuring out we had large footwear to fill, however we have been largely excited and proud to characterize Malaysia on the worldwide stage,” the crew mentioned. “It’s a particular confidence booster for us as we headed to the Pastry World Cup with the expertise and knowledge from our predecessors.”
From the sounds of it, they have been most likely in contact with the Malaysian winners of the Pastry World Cup in 2019, which was our nation’s first win.
This comes as no shock as Yap has talked about his earlier expertise aiding them, and the pastry store that Goh works at was began by two of the crew members, Chef Otto Tay and Chef Loi Ming Ai.
It appeared as if our Malaysian 2023 crew was all set and able to head off to the finale, however they really virtually didn’t make it.
(From left) Chef Charles (chocolate candidate), Yap Kean Chuan (crew coach), Ramjeet Kaur Virik (Managing Director of Dutch Woman Milk Industries Berhad), Majid Zaman (Gross sales Director at Horeca & Bakery APAC and FrieslandCampina Skilled), Mun Pui Teng (crew captain and sugar candidate), Goh Jun Wei (ice candidate) / Picture Credit score: Debic Malaysia
A hero swoops in
We discovered that the crew was having difficulties searching for sponsors earlier than the finals in France. Yap defined that the World Pastry Cup was nonetheless an obscure occasion to many Malaysians as promotions of it regionally are scarce.
“I’ve had to make use of cash out of my very own pocket,” he mentioned. Fortunately for them, Debic got here to the rescue. A proud sponsor of the Pastry World Cup for the previous 20 years, the skilled dairy model made for meals service professionals launched in Malaysia simply final yr.
As a present of dedication to their assist of proficient and passionate meals professionals, Debic determined to assist.
“With Crew Malaysia’s cooks successful the Asian Pastry Cup and qualifying for the Grand Finale, Debic is honoured to have the ability to sponsor the proficient crew who has their sights on bringing house one other championship title for Malaysia,” mentioned Ms. Ramjeet Kaur, the managing director of Dutch Woman Milk Industries Berhad (subsidiary model of Debic).
(Left) The groups spectacular creations for the finals, (proper) the Malaysian crew for 2023 / Picture Credit score: Debic Malaysia
Be ready for something
The strain of any competitors can get fairly daunting, nevertheless it helps to have the fitting perspective and mindset when strolling in.
Talking candidly, the crew had expressed each their proud and humble expectations for the championship.
“We’re certain everybody feels this manner, however our essential objective is simply to do our greatest on the competitors, not just for ourselves however for the nation too,” the crew shared with Vulcan Submit previous to the finale.
A few of the crew’s different creations for the finals / Picture Caption: Debic Malaysia
“Getting right here was no straightforward feat, and we might positively prefer to preserve the great report of the previous Malaysian pastry groups, however we hope to carry out our private greatest on the Pastry World Cup this yr.”
Sadly, regardless of their greatest efforts, the crew was overwhelmed by Japan and 5 different nations for the highest spot. Touchdown in sixth place, they might haven’t introduced house any medals, however as a substitute introduced house extra experiences and keenness for the creation of revolutionary pastries.
“The Pastry World Cup is a particularly rigorous competitors that exams not solely our expertise and creativity, however our bodily and psychological energy,” the crew famous.
“However regardless of the results of the competitors, we’ll come out of this setting increased requirements for ourselves, proceed to be taught and develop, and create extra artistic and scrumptious pastries on daily basis,” they assured.
Be taught extra concerning the Pastry World Cup right here.
Featured Picture Credit score: (from left to proper) Otto Tay (Pastry World Cup 2019 champion and Debic Ambassador), Charles Lim (chocolate candidate), Yap Kean Chuan (crew coach), Ramjeet Kaur Virik, (Managing Director of Dutch Woman Milk Industries Berhad), Majid Zaman (Gross sales Director at Horeca & Bakery APAC and FrieslandCampina Skilled), Mun Pui Teng (crew captain and sugar candidate), Goh Jun Wei (ice candidate), and Loi Ming Ai (Pastry World Cup 2019 champion and Debic ambassador) on the send-off occasion for crew Malaysia 2023 by Debic.