Japan wins silver medal at international patisserie contest


A team of Japan’s leading pastry professionals won the silver medal Monday in a international competition in Lyon, the first medal for Japan since winning gold at the biennial event in 2007.

Twenty-two teams from five continents took part in the two-day Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, showing off their skills in creating artistic and tasty desserts.

The French team took the gold after coming away with no medals in the 2009 meet.

The Japanese team at the world’s most prestigious competition for confectioners comprised Tetsuro Akasaki, Ko Moriyama and Daisuke Tomita.

Akasaki and Moriyama are from Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel and Tomita is from Aigre-Douce, a cake shop in Tokyo.

Choosing “music” as their theme, the trio created their original desserts while making decorative sculptures featuring people playing musical instruments. Each tackled the project using chocolate, sugar or ice as material for the sculptures.

The judges gave them high marks for the techniques they used to assemble and finish the sculptures.

“We did our best,” said Akasaki, who competed in the sugar creation category. “I want to use this experience in making pastries in Japan.”