MGM Grand Executive Pastry Chef Wins ‘Best Fresh Pastry Award’ at 2018 Cacao Barry World Chocolate Masters Competition
Award-Winning Dessert Now Available at FiAMMA Italian Kitchen
LAS VEGAS (December 14, 2018) – MGM Grand Executive Pastry Chef Florent Cheveau was named one of the world’s top chocolatiers at the 2018 Cacao Barry® World Chocolate Masters Competition in Paris, France. The only United States delegate at the competition, Cheveau placed third out of 20 international competitors in the prestigious event. The award-winning Instant CH3 dessert is now available for guests to order at FiAMMA Italian Kitchen, located in The District at MGM Grand.
The soft chocolate tart, which wowed judges and earned Cheveau the “Best Fresh Pastry” distinction in the competition, layers crunchy hazelnuts and a creamy chocolate ganache with a filling made from fresh mango, lime, chili and passion fruit underneath a chocolate dome.
The Cacao Barry® World Chocolate Masters Competition challenges finalists from around the globe to take a specific competition theme and tell a cohesive story in both flavor and aesthetics. With the 2018 competition theme “Futropolis,” the creations channeled the mega-cities of the future. Cheveau’s vision drew inspiration from chocolate’s molecular structure. Each of his seven creations incorporated CH3, one of the molecules found in cocoa, symbolizing expertise, skill and the knowledge of cocoa. While Cheveau also created a travel cake, a showpiece comprised completely of chocolate, a to-go snack and more, it was his fresh pastry that won the judges’ hearts and taste buds.
“My goal was to make the judges feel pure happiness the moment they tasted my creation,” said Cheveau. “I knew I could achieve this by understanding the human palate and combining basic ingredients such as acid, fat, natural oils and of course, chocolate. It took 155 test recipes and more than 600 hours just to find that perfect balance of those elements for my chocolate bonbon.”
Cheveau’s road to international acclaim began in 2017 when he earned the title of USA Chocolate Master at the Cacao Barry® National Selection qualifying rounds. Over the course of three days, contestants demonstrate their mastery of chocolate and pastry techniques through various assignments and are evaluated by how they incorporate the theme through taste, texture and creativity.
Cheveau trained extensively for the 2018 World Final for more than a year, working eight hours a day in the pastry kitchen after his shift at MGM Grand. As executive pastry chef, Cheveau oversees preparation, creation, execution and presentation of pastry operations for a variety of restaurants, as well as catering and banquets for the 5,044-room hotel-casino. Post-competition, Cheveau can now add creating his award-winning Instant CH3 pastry for all to enjoy to his list of daily duties at MGM Grand.
About MGM Grand
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience. The hotel features the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; master illusionist David Copperfield; a flagship Topgolf location; and world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. MGM Grand offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Las Vegas, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort recently remodeled all of the rooms and suites in its main tower and launched the industry’s first-ever STAY WELL Collection. MGM Grand is home to many of today’s hottest DJs including Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki who share residencies between Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub and WET REPUBLIC, The Strip’s hottest day life destination. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking Five Green Key conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon and an inviting six-acre pool complex. Upscale accommodations include SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, an exclusive boutique luxury hotel within the hotel and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Cacao Barry ® (www.cacaobarry.com):
By constantly inventing and reinventing Pastry and Gastronomy, France gave its name and mark to this art. It is a tradition envied by the whole world. It is all about creativity, innovation, and above all passion. Since its creation in 1842, Cacao Barry® has been entirely committed to this heritage. Today Cacao Barry® provides the most complete palette of products, to all passionate chocolate craftsmen around the world: chocolate and couvertures, pralinés, origins and exclusive plantations, decorations and moulds, inspiring them and opening doors to new creative experiences. Besides, Cacao Barry® offers the widest international community of chocolate professionals, Ambassadors’ Club and Chocolate Academies to support craftsmen and chefs on their quest for perfection. Cacao Barry® is a global Gourmet brand of the Barry Callebaut group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cacao.
About Barry Callebaut Group (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 5.9 billion in fiscal year 2013/14, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 9,300 people. The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The two global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut ® and Cacao Barry ®.
The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to sustainable cocoa production to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.
The World Chocolate Masters is an initiative of Cacao Barry ®, one of the gourmet brands of the Barry Callebaut Group (www.worldchocolatemasters.com)
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