Davide Comaschi has been crowned World Chocolate Master at the fifth running of the event organised by Cacao Barry, Callebaut and Carma.
Comaschi was chosen by a jury of 23 leading chocolate professionals, taking first place ahead of Marike Van Beurden from Netherlands and Deniz Karaca from Australia.
With the theme of this year's competition being "The Architecture of Taste", the jury carefully evaluated the contestants' work and creativity through chocolate.
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The jury was headed by Honorary President, Iginio Massari, famous Italian Relais Desserts and included Presidents Norman Love, well-known Chocolatier from USA, Angelo Musa, Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2007 and Sergio Herman, 3 stars Michelin Chef and Spécial President for this year Final.
In addition to the overall winners, the jury gave special awards for "Best moulded praline", “Best dipped praline”, "Best gastronomic chocolate dessert", "Best chocolate pastry" and "Best chocolate showpiece". As a highlight this year, additional awards have been granted for "Best Creation of the Architect of the world" and "International Press Award".
This year and for the 2nd time, fans had the possibility to vote online for their favourite chocolate showpiece (pictured). The social media award won by Canada in 2011 celebrated Luis Robledo from Mexico who gathered 22 509 votes on the world chocolate masters website.