Renowned pastry chefs showcased their skills in Cologne at the Central European regional round of the World Chocolate Masters. In the competition, Attila Menyhárt confidently won the prestigious title of Chocolate Master of Central Europe, ahead of Markus Weber from Germany and Johannes Warmuth from Austria.
Attila Menyhárt will prepare for the World Final in April 2022 in Barcelona at the WCM Bootcamp.
This year, the competition has brought together art, science, technology and design to shape the chocolate of the future.
Competitors had to present chocolate and cutting-edge confectionery techniques from different perspectives. In the regional round, Attila Menyhárt had to create a dessert, a 100 percent plant-based snack, a bonbon and a chocolate sculpture weighing up to 5 kg in just 8.5 hours. He added a few twists to the recipes, which included local Hungarian herbs such as lavender from Tihany, paprika from Szeged and pumpkin seeds from the Őrség region.
Attila Menyhárt’s latest dessert collection was featured in the English-language annual book of recipes from So Good in January 2019, and in the prestigious Spanish-language Dulcypas magazine in 2020.
Attila Menyhárt, head confectioner at Four Seasons and Kollázs, started his career at the age of 14. His grandfather was a pastry chef, while his great-grandfather was the head chef and the head pastry chef to Archduke Joseph.