Gaëtan Fiard, Head Station Chef at the Michelin starred Le Diane restaurant, triumphs at the Mondial Des Arts Sucrés 2014 with teammate Johanna Le Pape
Following in the footsteps of Stéphane Ginouvès, winner of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Barman 2011 , Christophe Schmitt, recipient of the Taittinger 2012 prize, and under the leadership and guidance of Jean Yves Leuranguer, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Gaëtan Fiard has just added his name to the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière list of gourmet talents.
The 4th edition of Mondial des Arts Sucrés, the International Confectionery Art Competition, which took place over 4 days in Paris with 16 teams from around the world competing in the event, witnessed the triumph of French team Gaëtan Fiard (Head Station Chef at the Le Diane restaurant, Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière) and Johanna Le Pape. Each team was asked to create exceptional culinary pieces centered on a theme of their choice (desserts, chocolates, sweet plates, sugar creations, chocolate creations…) during 20 hours of frenetic activity. The French team showcased pieces based on a Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral theme. Monumental sugar glass stained windows, gargoyles and tasty architectural wonders : nothing was spared to convince the renowned pastry chefs of the demanding jury.
Who is Gaëtan Fiard?
A the age of 25, this young pastry and chocolate chef can already boast to having an impressive career : first Sous Station Chef, then Station Chef, he becomes Head Station Chef in 2012 at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière’s Michelin starred Le Diane restaurant, under the management and precious guidance of Head Pastry Chef Claude Ducrozet. A true competitor at heart, Gaëtan has been taking part in culinary events for several years, winning 2nd place in the European Challenge in Belfort in 2011, the Special Junior prize in the European Sugar Art trophy at SIRHA in 2009 and placing third in 2008 at the Sugar Art event of the fifth edition of the International Pastry Art competition in Bourg-en-Bresse.
The Mondial des Arts Sucrés 2014 is his crowning achievement thus far, confirming that a brilliant future lies ahead!