• We’re no strangers to the level of craftsmanship and creativity that Japanese people practice, so the news of the Northeast Asian country winning 2023’s World Pastry Cup in France earlier this week is no big surprise!

    The World Pastry Cup is a prestigious two-day event held in Lyon, France, where 17 teams from across the map competed for the pastry cup this year. Overtaking both Italy and France, Japan came in first place for a third time in World Pastry Cup history, adding to their triumphs in 1989 and 2007.

    Amongst the world’s finest chocolate makers, pastry pros and sugar experts, the team of three – Naritoshi Suzuka representing Suzette Holdings Co. from Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture’s Moe Takahashi from Equilibre in Tokyo and Yusaku Shibata from Prism in Tokushima took home the cup, marking Japan’s first victory in 16 years.


    World-renowned French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Herme commended the winning team for their “attention to detail, perseverance, commitment.”

    The winning dessert which led the Japanese team to victory was based on the theme of ‘wind and lightness.’

    Herme also says:

    “The level of competition rises with every edition, as witnessed by such very close results.”

    Of course, when it comes to world class pastry, France wasn’t very far behind, slotting in at second place. However, the title of ‘runner-up’ did not sit well with the French team’s leader, Yann Brys.

    “It’s not the result we wanted – placing second is always tough but it’s a good showing nonetheless,” he said.

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    Written by Savanna Douglas for Woman&Home.

    Feature Image: AFP