March 26, 2015
Pastry chef and chocolatier John Cook of Norman Love Confections captured second place in the 26th annual U.S. Pastry Competition in New York City.
He was one of 13 finalists selected from around the country to compete in the prestigious annual event, which allows pastry chefs to showcase their talents by creating advanced desserts, bonbons, and sugar- and chocolate-sculpted pieces. This year’s theme was “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend – Ladies’ Luxuries.”
Cook’s dramatic vertical piece included all of the above. His cake creation included milk-chocolate almond mousse with raspberry gelee, chocolate sponge and almond crème and crunch on top of almond streusel. His showpiece was an ornate chocolate arc with a chocolate high-heeled shoe supporting the cake base. Other whimsical touches included a Mercedes-Benz emblem, a chocolate jewelry box with a drawer that opened, a spectacular red and white sugar-sculpted flower, branches that stretched outward and a large white, sculpted diamond at the very top. Continue Reading