C3 Competition 2019

Valrhona is pleased to announce the 6th International Edition of the C3 Chocolate Chef Competition. The C3 Competition is dedicated to pastry chefs, providing them with a unique opportunity to highlight their talent as well as their creativity and technical mastery with chocolate. In partnership with StarChefs, Valrhona, Inc. will celebrate North American pastry during the Regional North American C3 Competition Qualifiers on October 28, 2019.

Valrhona C3 Competition


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Since 2008, Valrhona has organized the Chocolate Chef Competition (C³) to celebrate professional Pastry Chefs and honor the elaborate nature of the trade in all of its technical and creative aspects, with a focus on chocolate. By gathering a community of Pastry Chefs, who are driven by a desire to showcase the quality and creativity of their work. Valrhona highlight the profession and gives attendees the opportunity to discuss trends, techniques, and market developments. "The C³ is the biggest international restaurant dessert competition. This specialty, which was neglected for too long is now coming to life thanks to Valrhona's convictions and values of excellence. Pastry chefs can fully express their creativity with plated desserts, playing with texture, temperature and lightness in a way that isn't possible anywhere else.” - Claire Heitzler, C³ Jury President in Singapore in April 2018
We are thrilled to announce the six candidates selected who have confirmed their participation in the 2019 North American Qualifications. The candidates include: Chef Desarae Bittle, Chef Eunji Lee, Chef Jim Hutchison, Chef Kevin Clemenceau, Chef Takunori Hirayama, and Chef Weilu Wang. These six candidates were selected out of the written applicants to compete in the Regional North American C³ Competition. The winner will represent North America on March 5, 2020 in Singapore at the International C³ Competition Final and will compete against the five other winners from the C³ Competition Regional Qualifiers.
  Regional Qualifications featuring Valrhona
BAHIBÉ 46% Single Origin Dominican Republic: For this 6th Edition of the C³ Competition, contestants must create an original plated dessert and petits fours recipes made using Valrhona BAHIBÉ 46% Single Origin Dominican Republic. The candidates will be judged by a lineup of renowned judges including: Chef Pierre Herme, Lincoln Carson, Kamel Guechida, Kelly Fields (2019 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef), Patrice Demers, Ghaya Oliveira (2017 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef), Belinda Leong (2018 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef and Mina Pizarro, winner of the C³ 2017 North American selection! ! Recipe creativity, originality as well as taste, pairings, texture, aesthetics, and respect of the chocolate theme will help the judges determine the best Pastry Chef.
 Prizes for the Winners
The winning Regional Semi-Finalists will be automatically selected to compete during the Final in Singapore. Finalists taking part in the C3 Competition are recognized by the entire profession for their talent.
The North American Semi-Finalist winner will receive a check for $5,000 and a C3 Trophy
2nd prize winner will receive a check for $2,000.
Press Prize winner will receive a check for $1,000.

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