Top pastry chef to share his shortcrust secrets at Eden’s World Pasty Championships
One of the world’s top pastry chefs will be making an appearance at the Eden Project’s third annual World Pasty Championships on March 1 to give a masterclass on making the perfect pastry for pasties.
Martin Chiffers, who hails from Madron in Cornwall, has worked in some of the world’s most famous restaurants and hotels in Singapore, Korea and the Middle East, including being the Executive Pastry Chef at both The Savoy in London and the Address Dubai Marina. He recently opened a Cornish themed Pastry Shop in Ginza, a luxury shopping district in Tokyo, Japan.
Martin is president of the UK Pastry Team Coupe du Monde, who won at the European Pastry Cup 2012 in Paris with best sugar and chocolate piece. He and the team will travel to Geneva for this year’s competition at the end of this month (January).
Pastry is a hotly-debated topic within the pasty world. Most bakers prefer shortcrust but a significant number of pasty connoisseurs are convinced that rough puff or even flaky pastry are better choices.
Martin will be showing visitors to the World Pasty Championships his method for making the perfect pastry for a pasty. He is returning to the World Pasty Championships after making his debut last year, where he showed visitors how to make a sweet potato, red bean paste and ginger pasty in short, sweet pastry. The recipe was inspired by his travels and work in Vietnam, Korea and Japan.
Martin said: “I’m very excited to be returning to the World Pasty Championships and am looking forward to sharing my pastry expertise with pasty enthusiasts from around the world.”
As well as demonstrations and masterclasses, the World Pasty Championships will feature a full day of entertainment including live music and comedy. Details on this will be announced soon.
Registration is now open and entries have already been received from around the world, including from Mike Amery, a Cornishman who now lives in Pennsylvania and makes an annual trip to Cornwall to enter the competition. Last year he was awarded the coveted “Pasty Ambassador” trophy.
Categories are split between those who would like to make a traditional Cornish pasty, which abides by strict guidelines and is made in Cornwall, and those who want to make any other type of savoury pasty.
Once the crimping competitors have decided on which type of pasty to make, they can enter as a professional baker or chef (under their own name, rather than that of their employer), an amateur or a junior (aged 15 or under). There are also categories for companies – bakeries, butchers, pubs, shops or any other business that makes pasties to sell - to enter each type of pasty.
Anyone who would like to enter the competition can do so by visiting www.edenproject.com or by calling the Eden box office on 01726 811972. Entry costs £10 per adult category or £5 for the junior categories. This entitles the competitor and one guest to free entry to the Eden Project on the day of the competition. Entries will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.
The Championships are backed by the Cornish Pasty Association after it won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish pasty last year. It means only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties.