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The final chefs through to the Live Heats of the Richemont Masterbaker Pastry and Baking Championship 2019 have been announced, following a record number of entries to this year’s competition.

Now in its second edition, the heat will be turned up once again during the Live Heats on 3rd and 4th September, as chefs compete under the watchful eye of expert industry judges at the Richemont Masterbaker Centre of Excellence in JLT, Dubai.

The Pastry Chefs and Bakers through to the live heats scored the highest number of points in rigorous qualifying online tests devised by an independent world skills judge. The test was specially designed to test the technical knowledge of the competitors, granting them a chance to lift the winners’ trophy at The Pro Chef Middle East Awards and win an all-expenses trip to Switzerland to train under masters. But that was the easy bit…

Aside from taste, their planning and methodologies will come under close scrutiny, as the judges analyse their consistency, uniformity, execution and presentation. The secret is all in the preparation, so the final contestants in each of the baking and pastry categories will have the opportunity to attend specially-arranged open days on 20th and 29th August to get themselves familiar with the equipment, layout and ovens of the battle arena – the Richemont Masterbaker Centre of Excellence.

The Baking Contestants of 2019

  • Sajan Pokhrel, Chef de Partie – Park Hyatt Dubai
  • Jeffrey Orellana, Baker – Dubai Invesment Park 1
  • Nicholas Aboagye, Chef De Partie – Mandarin Oriental Hotel
  • Jesus Divina, Pastry Chef – Sharjah Commercial University City
  • Bishal Sunuwar, Commis – Grand Hyatt Dubai
  • Krishna Prasad Pakuwal, Assistant Chief Baker – Jumeirah, Saadiyat Island Resort
  • Mahesh Jaydas Kamble, Commis Chef – Grand Hyatt
  • Kristine J. Madrial, Private Chef – Al Ain, Abu Dhabi UAE

The Pastry Contestants of 2019

  • John Evert Lima Jundos, Pastry Sous Chef – DHTC
  • Jisson Paul, Chef de Partie – Five Palm Jumeirah
  • Lawal Sharaff, Pastry Chef – Mix Pastry & Sweets Al Ain
  • Rada Wangmo, Chef De Partie, Pastry – Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
  • Maria Christina Immaculata, Commis – Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi
  • Kelum Sandaruwan Silva, Demi Chef – Grand Hyatt Dubai
  • Rushi Mei-Li, Chef De Partie – Caesars Bluewater Dubai
  • Nandakumar, Chef de Partie – Movenpick Battuta Gate
  • Vikas Gupta, Pastry Chef – Fairmont Hotel
  • Cindy Kosasih, 3rd Commis – Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
  • Jude Johnson, Pastry Sr. Sous Chef – La Brioche
  • Bipul Biswas, Jr. Sous Chef – Movenpick IBG

The judges have been announced as:

Pastry judges:

  • Pascal Clair, Owner – Pascal Clair Bakery
  • Abel Vieilleville, Executive Pastry Chef – Address Boulevard
  • Paul Hayward, Owner – PH Design

Baking judges: 

  • Jurgen Ellenbeck, General Manager & MB – Bake n Cake
  • Bernard Charles, Corporate Production Manager – Bateel
  • Amaury Tremblay, Category Manager – Spinneys Bakery

 Details: To stay updated with the latest announcements from the competition, please visit www.championship-richemont-masterbaker.com or www.richemont-masterbaker.com 

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