Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson is triumphant at the UK Pastry Open

ASC_2554Rococo Chocolates are delighted that Barry Johnson, their principal chocolatier, was this week crowned the UK Pastry Open champion. Despite stiff competition, Barry won the ‘Best Taste’ category and was named ‘Overall Winner’ through gaining the highest total score.

Competing in front of an audience of hundreds at The Restaurant Show on Monday 7th October, Barry created a striking chocolate dessert with seasonal British flavours of elderflower and raspberry as well as a 1.2 meter tall chocolate showpiece inspired by the musical ‘The Lion King’.

Chantal Coady, founder and creative director of Rococo Chocolates said “We are so proud of Barry, this is an enormous achievement and we wish him well in the next stage”

Barry said, “It is a huge honour to gain such a prestigious award. The competition brief was challenging but it gave me a good opportunity to showcase my technique and creativity.”

Barry perfected his trade at The Dorchester Collections, Coworth Park, a 5 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant where he was chocolatier. He was also Head Pastry chef at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel and earlier in his career worked for Raymond Blanc and Harrods.  He has been Rococo’s principal Chocolatier since January 2012.

Barry received highest marks from the judges in the best tasting pastry category which helped him to obtain the overall winning score. He was one of the seven finalists battling it out for the 2013 UK Pastry Open Title and a place on the UK Pastry Team which will compete at the European Pastry Cup next year and will be aiming to qualify for the final of the Coupe du  Monde De la Patisserie in Lyon in 2015.  The UK team is announced later this month.

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We all wish him success.