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Le Cordon Bleu News, 04/23/2014
Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa graduate first-ever to sweep Canadian Intercollegiate Chocolate Competition!
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Elisa Pinto, a recent Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa graduate from Brazil, competed against 4 other schools across Ontario in the Intercollegiate Chocolate competition last weekend. Judged by competitors of the World Chocolate Masters in Paris, Sergio Shidomi (Old Firehall Confectionary) and Oliver Tribut, (Ecole Hoteliere de la Capitale) Elisa was the first in the competition’s history to achieve first place in all of the following categories:

  • Best Artistic Showpiece
  • Best Bonbon – Dipped
  • Best Bonbon – Moulded
  • Best Chocolate Plated Dessert

Students from Humber College, Fanshawe College and Canadore College also competed in this year’s event themed “The Great History of Chocolate”.

We chatted with Elisa about her experience:

How did you prepare for the chocolate competition?

Chef Hervé took extra time out to train me. Continuous practice, focus and full determination for success was my engine to succeed.

What was it like having Chef Hervé as a coach?

Chef Hervé was the soul of my work. His experience and expertise provided me all the confidence needed for being at the competition. His advice, decisions and drive made me work hard in being disciplined, organized and achieving perfection. With all his motivation, I thank him so much for his professional, friendly and inspirational coaching.

What advice would you give future students thinking about coming to Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa?

Don’t think twice if you are interested in learning to become a Chef! Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa is a warm and welcoming school. The chefs provide you with all the information you need for your future career path. The school has provided me with the right skills and confidence required to be able to break into the market and bring in new ideas. Discipline, organization and passion are the ingredients you must have if you take the decision to come to Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I'd like to thank Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa and especially Chef Herve for trusting me and giving me the amazing opportunity of representing the school in the 2014 Cacao Barry Canadian Intercollegiate Chocolate Competition. The competition was a challenge that I decided to take, and I am very satisfied with the results of being able to bring back medals and trophies to proudly represent Le Cordon Bleu. Without the support and love of my family in believing in my dreams none of this could have been achievable.

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