The 2013 National Showpiece Championship
Pastry Live is proud to announce the team captains for the 2013 National Showpiece Championship. After careful consideration, eight teams of two chefs have been chosen to compete on the morning of Tuesday, August 27th, 2013. Each team will choose from either chocolate or sugar to showcase their innovation and talent while competing for the title of National Showpiece Champions. Among some of the top pastry chefs in the country, here are the team captains selected to compete:
2013 National Showpiece Championship Teams
Congratulations on being selected chefs, we’re excited to see what you come up with in August!
A New Competition
The goal of the Pastry Live Showpiece Championship is to raise the artistic and competition skills of more top level chefs, in the process enriching the whole pastry community. It is organized to overcome the time constraints and resource requirements chefs experience in other competitions, making it possible for skilled chefs to participate at the highest level competition without making extraordinary personal and financial sacrifices.
Eight teams of two chefs choose either chocolate or sugar as their showpiece medium. To qualify for the competition, each team leader received either a medal or best in show at a major pastry competition. The team leaders were then free to choose a partner without any restrictions in regard to prior competitive recognition or experience.
Teams are given 6 hours in which to prepare their competition entry and have a chance to win a share of over $5,000 in cash and prizes. The winning showpiece will earn its team the title of National Showpiece Champions.
Download a copy of the rules Here
What the competition is…
This competition is intended to create a more level playing field for chefs. Provisions have been put into place to reduce the financial burden of competing and restrict high dollar investments into specialty tools and equipment. The event is also intended to provide a unique opportunity for pastry chefs to demonstrate their skills and highlight their creativity and innovation. This competition is about new ideas, new techniques and new designs.
What the competition is not…
This competition is not meant to trip up competitors with endless rules and structure. At this level of competition, we believe an event should not limit the creativity of the contestants. There are specific rules, but more importantly, we want the spirit of the rules to be followed. Digging into every nook and cranny of the rules will not be worth the competitors time. Remember, this competition is not a casting challenge. Casting in molds and forms is important, but the integration of hand skills and/or casting manipulations is required, and will effect the scoring.