Pastry chefs take on world’s best
It’s time for pastry chefs Jiemin Aw and Sarah Harrap to breathe a sigh of relief.
The dexterous duo went up against six world-leading teams at the top competition for pastry chefs in Norway from July 2 to 5.
And they have come home with the bronze, despite a few hiccups along the way.
The young chefs completed three desserts based on the theme of ‘‘water’’ for the challenge, including a 1-metre tall bubble bath showpiece made entirely of chocolate and sugar.
Aw single-handedly won the AsiaPacific semifinal in 2013 to gain entry to the biennial World Association of Chefs Societies congress this year. She arrived home on July 29.
In preparation for the event, Aw and her assistant Harrap, of Mt Albert, had been training every week at the AUT kitchens with the New Zealand pastry team ( Auckland City Harbour News, July 2).
But the competition didn’t go as smoothly as they had hoped, Aw says.
‘‘In all honesty we didn’t have the best luck.
‘‘There were some minor changes in the rules that didn’t work in our favour, our fridge broke down for the whole day and we were down to the last second putting up the showpiece.
‘‘We were pretty stoked about our results considering what we had going on.’’
Aw was the only female pastry chef in the event and the youngest competitor. She says she would jump at the chance to do another competition but it may be a ‘‘once in a lifetime’’ experience. Right now she’s ready for a rest, Aw says.
‘‘For now it’s about getting back to sorting out life and back into world. We’ve had so much to do for so long and there’s been all of these
Dessert queens: Asia-Pacific representatives Sarah Harrap and Jiemin Aw with their bubble bath showpiece at the pastry chef
Final product: Sarah Harrap and Jiemin Aw came home with a bronze.
Go to aucklandcityharbournews.co.nz to see a video of the New Zealand Pastry Team.