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Junior Pastry Indian Cup: Young chefs to battle it out for the top spot

Junior Pastry Indian Cup will see India’s top 7 team of under 23 pastry chefs vie for the top spot in a two-day competition that will be held in Gurgaon.

more lifestyle Updated: Sep 17, 2016 09:46 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
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Shorya Kapoor along with his team mate Pankaj Kumar Sharma is participating in Junior Pastry Indian Cup to be held in Gurgaon.

Now you can relish an alien invasion, fairies flying about, Game of Throne scenes to Pokemons, for these are some of the pastries which will be showcased in sugar and chocolate art at India’s first ever Junior Pastry Cup. The hunt for a pastry chef under 23, will see seven teams battle it out for the top spot, in this two-day competition.

The winning team of two pastry chefs will get to represent India for the first time at Junior Pastry World Cup during SIGEP show Rimini, Italy in January 2017.

Dhriti Arya will be participating in the competition.

The platform paves the way for young pastry chefs to showcase their talents by creating advanced dessert and chocolate bonbon recipes that will be exhibited along with sugar and chocolate sculpted showpieces.

The excitement is running high and the preparations are on in full swing for the budding bakers who are stretching their imagination far and wide with innovative ideas around the theme ‘Planet Fantasy’. Shorya Kapoor, 21-year-old participant from Delhi shares, “I along with my teammate Pankaj Kumar Sharma are brainstorming and practising round the clock. Our theme for chocolate art is Game of Thrones. And in the sugar art, we’ll incorporate Pokemons. We’ll be presenting a cake with nine layers of different flavours. I am really looking forward to represent my country in Italy.”

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A passionate baker from Gurgaon, Dhriti Arya, says, “I love baking. This is a great opportunity that’ll help me hone my skills. With the sugar display, we have to make a chocolate cake and a dessert in glass. In chocolate display, we have to make chocolate bonbons and a plated dessert.”

“My participation at the Junior Pastry Cup has been a cumulation of learning, travel, and meeting so many talented chefs from around the world.I along with my partner Chef Samuel have been putting several hours in perfecting the sculptures and desserts. The creation will be around the extra-terrestrial,” says 19-year-old Mohit Dudeja, a participant from Delhi.

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Principally sponsored by Bakery Review published by Hammer Publishers in association with Rimini Fiera, Italy (organiser of SIGEP show) and Academy of Pastry Arts India Gurgaon, the competition was open to all pastry professional and bakery students currently enrolled in culinary related institutions in India.

The participants will be judged on artistic expression and technical skill, professional ethics, hygiene and taste by top jury comprising Chef Avijit Ghosh, Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Parvinder Singh Bali, and Nikesh Kumar Sharma,Managing Director Academy of Pastry Arts India,Malaysia and Phillipines.The winners will be announced in a gala event to be held in Gurgaon.

Catch It Live:

Where: Academy of Pastry Arts, Plot No. 64, Service Lane, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon
When:September 17-18
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm (both days)