Saturday 21st of January, 2023, the announcement of the victory of Japan,
represented by Moe Takahashi, Naritoshi Suzuka, Yusaku Shibata, closes the
18th edition of the Pastry World Cup during Sirha Lyon 2023. This victory rewards the
technique and creativity of the realisations proposed by the team. France and Italy
complete the podium, respectively 2nd and 3rd.
“The level of the competition rises from one edition to the next, as evidenced by the
very close results, attests Pierre Hermé, President of the Pastry World Cup. It is
with great emotion that we award Japan, a country accustomed to the podium, which
became world champion again 16 years later.”
“All the candidates were very passionate, which is satisfying for me as a pastry chef, ads
Cédric Grolet, Honorary President of the Pastry World Cup. I would like to thank all
the people who worked here, for having helped me rediscover this wonderful profession,
which is on an every-day evolution, visually and technically.”
For 10 hours, the 17 teams, each composed of a chocolate maker, a sugar expert and a master ice cream maker, created 42 tasting desserts and 3 artistic pieces on the theme of climate change.
Pierre Hermé, President of the contest, Cédric Grolet, Honorary President of this edition, as well as the entire Jury, were seduced by the creations of the Japanese team, and their work wind-based to respect the “Climate Change” theme of the Pastry World Cup. All the members of the jury also rewarded the team spirit as well as the non-wasting of the products.
After finishing second on the podium for the last 5 editions, the team composed of Moe Takashi, Naritoshi Suzuka and Yusaku Shibata allows Japan to win this year on the first step of the podium. This victory allows the country of the Rising Sun to win its first gold medal since 2007 and to add a third World Cup to their list of achievements.
After having reached the third place during the 2021 edition, the French team, composed of Georges Kousanas, Jérémy Massing and Jana Lai, is once again on the podium during this 18th edition. A vice-champion title that rewards the excellent work done by the team during the events.
Italy, after having won 3 gold medals, once again gets a place on the podium. This 3rd place is all the more symbolic as the ice cream candidate, Martina Brachetti, is the first Italian woman to be selected for the World Pastry Cup.