de Buyer creates bespoke utensils for international chocolate competition finalist

French utensil brand de Buyer is one of Barry Johnson’s sponsors.

Pastry utensils manufacturer de Buyer is sponsoring UK pastry chef and chocolatier Barry Johnson, who will be representing the UK and Ireland at the World Chocolate Masters Final, the biggest chocolate competition in the world, in Paris on 31 October.

The British pastry chef approached de Buyer after winning the UK and Ireland qualifying selection, and asked the French manufacturer to design a bespoke mould for the competition.

De Buyer regularly supports top-level chefs to create customised equipment for competitions, so its R&D department worked closely with Johnson to create the mould that he had in mind for the ‘gateau de voyage’ (travel cake), one of the desserts required for the World Chocolate Masters competition. The result of this unique creation will be revealed during the final.

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The French brand also provided Johnson with standard pastry and cookware equipment (baking trays, one-piece spatulas, whisks, Affinity saucepans, stainless steel ladles and nozzles) that he will use throughout the competition.

De Buyer is already a sponsor of the Association of Pastry Chefs and Claire Clark Academy so the manufacturer believes sponsoring the British pastry chef for such a major international competition continues its brand commitment to this market sector.

Signature FSE supplies the de Buyer brand to the foodservice sector in the UK.

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