Taiwan chef wins world pastry competition
Central News Agency
2014-07-06 09:33 PM
Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Taiwanese pasty chef Chen Li-che on Sunday swept a world pastry competition with a work that highlights the importance of protecting the earth. Chen won the top prize at the first Global Pastry Chefs Challenge in Norway with his imposing work, titled "The 3-D Reflection of Deep Blue Ocean," an edible depiction of a humpback whale leaping out of a picture frame housing an ocean made of sugar.

The 36-year-old intended the work to symbolize creatures wanting to break free from the earth's environment as it is destroyed by human beings. Anchoring the floating picture frame is a smaller dessert called "Swashing Melody," a chocolate cake made from Taiwan-grown bananas. The entire piece is completed with "Taiwan 17," an ice cream desert decorated with the locally developed Tainung No. 17 pineapple, which is located on an elevated platform between the two. Chen is currently head chef at the R&D department at 85蚓 Bakery Cafe, a Taiwan-based bakery and cafe chain. Contenders in the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge were given less than 10 hours to create their works. According to the cafe chain, Chen spent 15 hours every day over the last year practicing making the winning work and trying to perfect all the details. He beat six competitors from the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Finland, Cyprus and New Zealand to win the competition. A semi-final contest was held last year to select the finalists from across the world. The World Association of Chefs Societies, which organized the competition, is a global network of chef associations founded in Paris in 1928. It represents 10 million chefs from over 100 countries. (By Hsu Hsiang-hsin and Christie Chen)

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