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Japanese Chef Shigeo Hirai is the 'World Chocolate Master 2009'

October 19, 2009

Paris, 16th October 2009 – After three-days of breathtaking competition between nineteen national Chocolate Masters, the results of the third World Chocolate Masters competition have been announced. The event took place at the "Salon du Chocolat Professionnel" exhibition at Porte de Versailles in Paris (France).

At this year's world finals, organised for the third time by Cacao Barry, Callebaut and Carma, Shigeo Hirai, Sous Chef of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, was selected as the "World Chocolate Master 2009" by an international jury composed of twenty-two leading chocolate professionals. In second place was Lionel Clement from United States and in third place Michaela Karg from Germany.

With the theme of this year's competition being "Haute Couture", the jury carefully evaluated the contestants' work and creativity through chocolate. The jury was headed by President of Honour, Yves Thuriès, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and included Presidents Jacques Bellanger, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and Jean-Philippe Darcis, Belgium's First Chocolatier.

In addition to the overall winners, the jury gave special awards for "Best praline", "Best gastronomic chocolate dessert", "Best chocolate pastry" and "Best chocolate showpiece". As a highlight this year, additional awards have been granted for "Best chocolate decorated hat" and "International Press Award".

The overall winner was awarded the World Chocolate Masters 2009 trophy specially created by leading Dutch designer Rob Verhoeven, as well as a € 25 000 prize package.

Shigeo Hirai (Japan), World Chocolate Master 2009
Lionel Clement (USA), in second place
Michaela Karg (Gemany), in third place

For more information on the World Chocolate Masters 2009 event please refer to www.worldchocolatemasters.com

The press release in german language and photos of the winners can be found in the boxes on the right side of this website.