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Nespresso celebrates culinary creativity at 2014 Café Gourmand competition

18 June 2014 | Paris, FRANCE –
Passionate French pastry chefs convened to prove their creativity and skill for the final round of the 2014 Nespresso Café Gourmand competition. This year’s competition called for participants to create the best Nespresso-inspired “café gourmand”, consisting of a Nespresso Grand Cru coffee-based beverage complemented by two sweet Nespresso-inspired treats. Of the hundreds across France who rose to the challenge, 12 were selected as semi-finalists in the categories “chef”, “apprentice” and “amateur”. They competed for the main prizes at the competition finale held on June 18 at the prestigious Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts in Paris.

 

Nurturing strong ties with the world of high gastronomy

The Nespresso Café Gourmand competition, held in partnership with the French culinary organization Le Club de La Table Francaise, is one of the ways in which Nespresso is helping to nurture future culinary talents through its strong ties with the world of high gastronomy. Now in its third year running, the competition brings together professional and aspiring patissiers from around France with an esteemed jury culled from the French culinary scene.

Returning to co-chair the jury this year were celebrated chefs Michel Roth (2 Michelin stars, Bocuse d’Or winner 1991) and Guillaume Gomez (Head Chef at the Elysees Palace, the residency of the President of France). For this year’s competition, chef Jean-Michel Lorain (3 Michelin stars, Côte Saint Jacques) came on board to serve as the jury patron.

According to jury co-president Guillaume Gomez, “The level at the competition is very high. We were surprised by the artistry of the amateur contributions, which also did well in bringing out the characteristics of the coffee, instead of merely being made with coffee."

 

The first prize in the professional category, a creation
by Mathias Narcissot

Winners create delectable desserts inspired by Nespresso

Taking home first prize in the professional category was Mathias Narcissot, pastry chef at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. Narcissot paired the Nespresso Grand Cru Kazaar with a tangy yuzu-flavoured meringue and his “Nescube”, a block of white chocolate mousse surrounded by a chocolate cigarette and topped with a wave of coffee foam.

The winner of the apprentice category was Julie Goubelet, apprentice pastry chef at L'Hostellerie Saint Clément in Auvergne. Goubelet was inspired by the Nespresso Grand Cru Ristretto to create a gourmet variation of the iconic Nespresso logo made with dark chocolate ganache and mascarpone shortbread, along with a delicate coffee cream sphere covered in a red-coloured shell made of white chocolate.

Finally, ranking first in the amateur category was schoolteacher and passionate cook, Delphine Nicolas. Harmonizing with the Nespresso Grand Cru Arpeggio, her creation consisted of a flavourful cheesecake tarte with puff pastry and raspberries, along with a creamy composition combining coffee and caramelized white chocolate perched on chocolate shortbread.

Julie Goubelet was inspired by the Nespresso Grand Cru
Ristretto.

First prize in the “chef” category was the choice of either a professional Nespresso Aguila machine or a 7-day trip for two to a coffee-producing country in Central or South America. The “apprentice” first prize was a Nespresso Gran Maestria machine and a check for € 1,500, while for the amateur category, the top prize was a Nespresso machine and a two-day stay for two and master cooking class at Côte Saint Jacques, a Relais & Châteaux Hotel in Burgundy.

"The Nespresso Café Gourmand competition is always a great opportunity to bring together renowned culinary professionals with promising chefs and amateur cooks to share in a special coffee moment. Three years after we launched this culinary challenge, it continues to be filled with inspiration, virtuosity and precision – values that are central to Nespresso – as demonstrated by the creators of this year’s winning creations,” said Jean-Luc Valleix, Director of Nespresso Business Solutions in France.

 

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