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MCG chef is Australia's chocolate master

Jun 14, 2012

Deniz Karaca, MCG Chef de Cuisine Pastry, has been awarded the Australian National Selection at the World Chocolate Masters. Deniz Karaca, EPICURE’s MCG Chef de Cuisine Pastry has been awarded the Australian National Selection at the World Chocolate Masters.

Deniz is the creative genius behind all the wonderful chocolate creations and deserts enjoyed by MCC Members and corporate guests on match-days and gala dinners on non-match days.

The competition was a one-day event in Sydney during the 27th Foodservice Australia Exhibition, and is dedicated to the creative use of chocolate and “The Architecture of Taste”.

Each contestant had to create one chocolate showpiece, 40 identical moulded pralines, 40 identical enrobed chocolates and two chocolate entremets all within a tight eight-hour timeframe.

At the end of this exciting competition, Deniz became the Australian Chocolate Master and will represent Australia at World Chocolate Masters Asia Pacific Selection early next year, with the next step representing Australia at the international final, which will be held in Paris in 2013.

Deniz dedicated over 200 hours over the course of thee months practicing every day, perfecting each element in the flavour, texture and appearance.  His chocolate cake alone was produced over 30 times to ensure its perfection.

With the competition theme being the ‘Architecture of Taste’, Deniz took into consideration the question “what is taste?”. Taste buds have the ability to detect five different elements: salt, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (savoury).  Deniz used these elements as the inspiration for his masterpiece, creating each complex component in relation to a taste including the chocolate salt shaker and chocolate lemons and the limes for the sour component.

Deniz found the most challenging aspect of the entire process was the final competition day. He was working in an unfamiliar kitchen under the pressure of the time constraints, with judges watching his every move. The most critical moment, having to use all of his concentration and skill, was the placing his chocolate vase at the top of his masterpiece. 

This award is the latest in the long line of culinary awards won by the MCG’s hospitality partner EPICURE, following awards such as the Meetings & Events Australia (Victoria) Best Banqueting and Catering Services in 2011, Gold Medal in the Clubs Australia National Chefs Table Competition in 2011 and the Gold Medal at the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge in 2011.

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