On Thursday 25th September, Stir experienced nail-biting tension, incredible passion and mouth-watering dishes at the Mövenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year live final, the winner of which was Louise Jayne Rigden from the Royal Opera House.
The competition kicked off in March, attracting a large number of talented dessert chefs from across the country. The challenge? To create a unique dessert that showed creative flair, well balanced flavours and, most importantly, excellent use of the star ingredient – Mövenpick Ice Cream.
[blockquote blockquote_style=”quote” align=”none” text_align=”left” cite=”” style=”Paul Rand”]Seven months later, the esteemed panel of judges – including UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks, Cherish Finden from The Langham and Restaurant magazine’s Joe Lutrario – had whittled the entries down to just six finalists, who battled it out at the Masterchef style cook off, compered by Chocolatier Will Torrent.[/blockquote]
With the timings for each finalist staggered by a mere five minutes, the tension was palpable as, one by one, each presented the judges with their dishes. Knowing they could do no more, the finalists waited with baited breath as the judges deliberated for over an hour to come to the competition’s most difficult decision.
After much consideration, it was Louise Jayne Rigden’s textured Manjari chocolate dessert with Mövenpick Raspberry Sorbet that stood out and brought her victory as this year’s winner. Rigden’s prize will see her attend an exclusive, one-on-one chocolate showpiece course with Ruth Hinks at her Cocoa Black Chocolate & Pastry School in Peebles. Could she be another UK World Chocolate Master in the making? You heard it here first.