The UK Pastry Team last night won the European Pastry Championship in Geneva, setting themselves up for the biennial World Pastry Cup in Lyon in 2015.
The team includes a host of pastry chefs working in the UK today, including team captain Barry Johnson, principal chocolatier for high-end chocolate company Rococo; and Nicolas Belorgey, a teaching chef at prestigious cookery school Le Cordon Bleu London. President of the team Martin Chiffers and chairman is Benoit Blin, chef patissier at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons.
The competition, which is often dominated by French and Japanese pastry chefs, saw the team create a variety of displays, including a sugar sculpture, a chocolate sculpture, two fruit plates and eight plated chocolate desserts.
The other five countries participating were: Denmark, Russia, Israel, Switzerland and Sweden.
This is the second consecutive time the UK team has won the cup.