National Selections : Spain :
Ariel Mendizábal Rey wins Spanish “Chocolate Master”
On 2nd February, Ariel Mendizábal Rey from La Coruña, won the Spanish selection for the World Chocolate Masters. The finals took place in the “ Escuela de Pastelería del Gremio” of Barcelona, where he became not only the overall winner, but also won the “Spanish Chocolate Creativity Award 2005”.
Five very motivated young craftsmen came to the “Escola del Gremi” pastry school to present their talents with chocolate. They were judged on their technical capacities by a group of Spain’s most famous chocolatiers like Enric Rovira from Barcelona, Faustino Helguera of “La casa del chocolate” in Gijón, Miguel Moreno of Pastelería Mallorca in Madrid, Miguel Sierra, Alberto Ruiz of Grupo Vilbo in Sant Cugat and Philippe Vancayseele, technical advisor of Barry Callebaut in Belgium and president of the jury.
From 10h-11h all 5 contestants assembled their showpieces and presented them individually to the jury. Josep Ramon Cases Franco presented “Interpretación de un sueño” (interpretation of a dream) after a book by Sigmund Freud on man’s subconsciousness. In his showpiece, Cases Franco expresses the “monstruo” of the unconscious that invades the reality through a dream.
Ariel Mendizabal Rey created a partly sculptured showpiece that represents the earth’s “basic products” like fire and (sugar) crystals that are transforming to seek for perfection – a way that is very similar to the creation of a tasteful pastry.
All creations were also tasted by 2nd group of famous judges like Claudi Uñó of Pastissería Uñó in Mataró, Joan Turull of Pastisserría Turull in Terrassa, Michel Lalin, owner of The Chocolate Factory in Barcelona, Xavier Cordomí of Bombons Blasi in Barcelona and Joan Escribà of Pastissería Escribà in Barcelona.
Fran Segura's cake turned out to be very appreciated by the taste jury, while Josep Ramon's Mystery Praline was most appreciated.