Cacao Barry presents UK WCM contestant: Stephen Espouy
Six great, super talented pastry chefs and chocolatiers will this year compete in the UK pre-selection in the international competition of the World Chocolate Masters (WCM). Six people with a deep knowledge of chocolate, with skills of real masters and limitless creativity will compete together and against each other. Who will be the best? This week we are introducing the sixth contestant: Stephen Espouy.
You are taking part at the national competition for WCM. Did this decision mature slowly or was it a spontaneous decision?
A bit of both, I have always been fascinated watching the limitless creativity and mastery of the contestants during this competition and now that I am back in the UK, I thought I would try to enter and experience it myself in the position of a contestant.
Is this your first pastry/chocolate competition or have you already competed somewhere else?
I took part in some local competitions in the Middle East and enjoyed the pressure they brought with them.
What was your main motive for the decision to participate in the UK WCM?
Learning and competing always pushes you to do your best and I am sure that competing with such great chefs I will surely learn a lot.
Have you already started your preparations and if yes, when?
So far I have only started sketching up ideas and recipes, but I am constantly thinking about it.
Are you training alone or is anybody helping you?
I am involving everybody at work, getting feedback on ideas so far.
What are you finding most challenging?
Juggling work, family life and time for the competition is probably the hardest part.
You are very busy also with your regular work, how do you manage to find time for the preparations?
I am finding this difficult to manage at the minute, but hopefully we will be a little bit quieter over the next few months so I can manage both. I will have to put in extra hours!
What do you think are your strongest points for this competition?
I see my strength as working well under pressure and being good at adapting.
Which part of the competition are you looking forward to the most and is there anything you wish you could skip?
I am looking forward to seeing what I can achieve and pushing myself to my limits. I am a little apprehensive about transporting the creations from Scotland to London.
A cheeky question: Why do you think you should win it?
At the minute I feel honored just to be selected to take part in the competition. I am looking forward to trying my best to see what I can achieve.
And if you will win it, what will this win mean to you and what will be the next challenge you will take (beside going to WCM)?
It would mean a huge amount to me personally and professionally and surely bring on new opportunities.