India participates in ‘Asia Pastry Cup 2018’ at Singapore
Chef Mukesh Singh Rawat and Chef Alisha Faleiro, winners of India Pastry Cup 2017 represented India along with their coach, Chef Niklesh Sharma, at the ‘Asia Pastry Cup’. This event was held at the Singapore Expo – Food and Hotels Asia, on 24th and 25th April, 2018 in association with the Club Coupe De Monde.
Chef Rawat was the captain of Indian team in 2016, which won the bronze medal, and he was also adjudged as Asia’s Most Promising talent. He was also the team captain at the World Pastry Cup in 2017, held at Lyon, France. Chef Faleiro won the Callebaut Patissier of the Year Award, India for 2017, while Chef Sharma is the founder of Academy of Pastry Arts Group and manages its centers across India, Malaysia, Philippines as well as the upcoming projects in Singapore and Indonesia.
The competition was an eight-hour rigorous contest in which a team of two pastry chefs have to create a Sugar Show Piece, Chocolate showpiece, one plated dessert (18 portions) and one chocolate cake (3 portions). The competition was live and all products had to be made from scratch at the venue itself, within a given time frame. The top three teams got a direct entry into the World Pastry Cup along with two wild card entries, making it a total of five Asian countries.
Chef Sharma said, “In such international events, India is emerging as a strong contender and the traditional strong teams, like France, Italy, etc., are taking us seriously now. We hope to continuously add to the growth by participating in extensive events like these. Through these platforms, we aim to bring out the best of every pastry chef and provide them their share of limelight.”
Chef Faleiro added, “It gives immense pleasure to represent India in FHA which has grown extremely in tandem with Asia’s Food and Hospitality industry. It is most commonly known as a comprehensive premier food and hospitality trade show. It is quite enthralling to be a participant in such a giant pastry championship event at the International level, after bagging the title of ‘India Pastry Cup 2017’.”