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Pastry Live – 2012 National Showpiece Championship Winners Announced
During Pastry Live Weekend, America’s top pastry chefs competed for the title of National Showpiece Champions. Seven teams of two chefs competed in either chocolate or sugar for the title of National Showpiece Champion.
By: Pastry Live
Seven teams of two chefs competed over the course of eight hours, constructing showpieces utilizing a unique trio of pedestal bases. Combined with no theme, an entirely new range of showpiece design was encouraged among the teams. Team Keadle’s chocolate showpiece, titled “Quetzalcoatlus,”
Aiming to develop a character piece that possessed both presence and depth, the team settled upon several unique influences for their design. Chief among these was that of the mythical creature, the Phoenix, which they aesthetically combined with their shared love for Mayan and Aztec cultures. Many details of their finished piece clearly exhibited their theme’s goal through the various cast, carved and hand molded aspects of their sculpture.
Among the crowd though, Team Oscar Ortega and Alejandro Lechuga were crowned the ultimate favorite for their sugar showpiece titled “Natura,” earning the People’s Choice Award. Their showpiece design, inspired by Mother Nature and evolution, was also awarded Best Sugar Showpiece by the judges. Their piece featured a multitude of sugar flora and fauna, including a realistic blown sugar snail.
With their chocolate showpiece titled “Earth and Industry,” Team Joshua Cain and Sheldon Millett were chosen by their peers for the “Competitor’
While many pastry competitions call for competitors to endure extraordinary hardships, the National Showpiece Championship is designed to overcome such constraints and allows chefs the freedom to be both creative and innovative. Each team exhibited a high level of creative capability, demonstrating what minimal restrictions produce. Pastry Live wishes to congratulate Chefs Daniel Keadle and Craig Chamberlain for winning this year’s National Showpiece Championship. Pastry Live also thanks each competitor for their outstanding work, professionalism and for helping to make this yet another successful year.
For more details about Pastry Live and the National Showpiece Championship, please contact Event Producer Paul Bodrogi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.881.9490. Further information is also available on our website at www.pastrylive.com.