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Chocolate Professionals Invited to Apply for U.S. National Selections of Cacao Barry® World Chocolate Masters

CHICAGO, May 28, 2014 – Cacao Barry® – the world’s leading brand of high-quality French chocolate and cocoa products for gourmet chocolate professionals – invites pastry chefs and chocolatiers to apply to participate in the U.S. national selections of World Chocolate Masters. World Chocolate Masters, now it its sixth edition, is the only global culinary competition dedicated entirely to the art of chocolate. The competition provides chocolate artisans and chefs a forum to showcase their abilities in creating chocolate showpieces, pastries, pralines and desserts.

The U.S. national selections will be held November 6-8 at the Chocolate Academy Centre ™ in Chicago. During the three-day competition, each contestant will make a large chocolate showpiece that conveys the competition theme – “Inspiration from Nature”


Nature proves to be a strong source of sensorial inspiration. The showpieces designed by the contestants will reflect the beautiful colors, shapes, scents, and textures found in nature. The use of pure and high quality ingredients will lend further authenticity to each chocolate creation.


Two new judging categories, Cake of the Day and Chocolate to Go, will be introduced to this year’s competition. Cake of the Day will require contestants to create a multi-textured cake, explicit in chocolate taste, and prepared with fresh daily ingredients. The Chocolate to Go category will challenge contestants to create and execute a concept for a chocolate snack or finger food that can easily be consumed on the go.


In addition to the showpiece, Cake of the Day and Chocolate on the Go assignments, contestants will be judged on a moulded praline and moulded bonbon application.

The winner of the U.S. national selections will advance to the 2015 Cacao Barry® World Chocolate Masters final competition in Paris, where he or she will compete against artisans from approximately 20 other countries.


Chocolate professionals interested in participating in the national selections of the World Chocolate Masters can download the application

All inquiries related to the application process can be directed to Andrew Gioia, or (312) 496-7493.

Applications must be received by Friday, July 4, 2014 to be considered.


World Chocolate Masters is an inititative of the leading gourmet brand Cacao Barry®, part of the Barry Callebaut group. (

About Cacao Barry® (
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 Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate.

Barry Callebaut (
With annual sales of about CHF 4.9 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion) in fiscal year 2012/13, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The company runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 9,000 people.

Barry Callebaut 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®.

Barry Callebaut is committed to a sustainable cocoa production through its “Cocoa Horizons” initiative, and to help ensure future supplies of cocoa as well as improve farmer livelihoods.