Belgium at World Chocolate Masters - banner - ©Marijn Coertjens

From 28 to 30 October, 20 top talented chefs from all over the world will fight the battle of all chocolate battles in the Salon du Chocolat - Paris. They have one goal: to become the best chocolate chef in the world. 20 jury members and 3 jury presidents - all culinary experts from all over the world - are set up and ready to be the eyes and ears of the world final 2015. Marijn Coertjens represents Belgium at this prestigious event.

Get to know Marijn Coertjens

Marijn Coertjens - ©Marijn Coertjens

In 2006, after graduating secondary school with a specialization in pastry and chocolate, Marijn Coertjens earned a spot in the kitchen of Pâtisserie Ducobu. This way he came under the supervision of the chef he admired so much during his early career. Three years later, Coertjens’ relentless hunger for knowledge led him to pursue numerous internships at some of the best pastry shops in Japan, working together with inspiring chefs like Joris Van Hee, Yoshiaki Kaneko, Shigeru Wakabayashi and Susumu Koyama.

Currently leading the chocolate team at The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, Coertjens has an impressive curriculum vitae filled with awards and acknowledgments. He is particularly proud of winning the Prosper Montagné award for Best Belgian Chocolatier (2008) and winning bronze at the 2011 Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie as member of the Belgian team led by Herman Van Dender.

It is not the first time we come across the name of Marijn Coertjens in this event. He participated in the 2007 World Chocolate Masters final and coached the Dutch chocolate chef Marike van Beurden during the 2013 World Chocolate Masters final. And this year he is back, eager to crown himself World Chocolate Master 2015.

Inspiration from nature

Detail showpiece - ©Marijn Coertjens

Inspired by this year’s theme ‘Inspiration from nature’, each contestant has to create a chocolate showpiece, a sweet snack on the Go, the ‘My Or Noir’ story, a moulded praline, the patisserie of the Day and an artistic creation titled ‘Where Nature Goes’.

A jury of culinary professionals judges the creations, taking into account presentation, taste and technical skills. Apart from the individual jury awards, a press award is presented for both the moulded praline and the artistic showpiece. A social media award is given for the artistic showpiece that received the most spectator votes.

World Chocolate Masters 2015 - Belgium Finals

World Chocolate Masters 2015 - Belgium Finals

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