For the first time this year, pastry chefs from the Middle East will compete in the World Pastry Cup Middle East Selection. The winning team will represent the Middle East at Sirha, Lyon in 2021.


Held every two years the referent event of the art pastry in the world: the World Pastry Cup. After fifty national selections and four continental selections in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America, 21 teams of the most promising talents of the moment will gather in Lyon for an exceptional final.

There’s no doubt pastry chefs are the witnesses of the formidable boom of pastry on the international scene.
The Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is no bystander in the rise in popularity of the sweet genre with both the general public and professionals in the gastronomy sector. In 30 years of existence, the ‘Great Lady’ as its president founder Gabriel Paillasson likes to call the event, the contest has hoisted pastry creation on to a pedestal that is open to our world with all its rapid changes. It has even attracted nations that were not, through their history and culture, particularly inclined toward sweet desserts.
As part of this anniversary edition, 4 continental qualifying events have been held in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Africa with a total of 55 nations taking part in the selection process, as a preamble to the world final that will be held on January 27 and 28, 2019 in Lyon as part of the Sirha trade exhibition.True to its leading thread the contest is more than ever attentive to innovations and consumer trends. For the first time in the history of the event, the dessert presented on a plate will require the use of specific products highlighting the vegan trend, whereas an imposed theme will be introduced to explore Nature, Flora and Fauna.
The International Organising Committee is also keen to look to the future and now insists on the recourse to manual techniques. “The teams’ sugar artists will one day leave aside their moulds so that the actual prerogatives of handwork (pure homemade) may shine proudly as it used to in the days of the grand Master Glassmakers of Murano” explains Gabriel Paillasson. 30 years also offers the opportunity for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie to serve a noble cause in favour of environmental preservation. This anniversary will be the occasion to raise awareness to biodiversity by highlighting the essential role played by bees and pollination.

The World Pastry Cup is an extremely demanding competition, organized by pastry professionals, the Best Workers of France, which requires a total commitment from the various competitors. Valrhona is very proud to have joined forces with Gabriel Paillasson to organize the first edition in 1989.
Our ambition is to encourage the most talented pastry chefs through this competition whose demand and influence are unique in the world. It is a prestigious event that offers exceptional moments of emotion between chefs of all generations. It is with great pride that we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this incredible event!