During their recent vacation period a group of Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie students and teachers competed in the Hunter Valley Chocolate Festival and Competition, sponsored by Callebaut Chocolate. The festival attracted over 12 000 visitors with the enchanting theme for the year of a ‘Winter Wonderland’.
Students used their chocolate skills and creativity and came home with experience and demonstrated excellence in the competitive environment. Congratulations are in order for Intermediate Patisserie Student, Elicia Chan who won Best Student Chocolate Showpiece, and Advanced Diploma Hospitality student, Matin Mohamed Al-Matin Bin won Best Student Entremet. The excellence demonstrated in both of these categories by Le Cordon Bleu students resulted in a total of 1 x Gold, 4 x Silver, 8 x Bronze.
Not to be outdone by their students Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie Teachers Angelo Roche and Joseph Roche earned second and third place respectively in the Chocolate Showpiece Competition.
The Festival closed with Team Party Australia demonstrating their award winning Chocolate Showpiece and Sugar Showpiece by Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Justin Yu and Le Cordon Bleu Sydney Head Teacher Chef Andre Sandison respectively.
Of course this experience and success would not have been possible without the sponsorship, dedication of time, energy and commitment to the student experience. Therefore Le Cordon Bleu would like to thank the teachers involved for their time in coaching and mentoring, and all those who helped support the students.