Showpieces at HOFEX 2011: Judging the impossible

May 16th, 2011 | Posted by greg in Daily life...
Thai Sculpture

This year’s edition of HOFEX Hong Kong gave me the opportunity to judge two competition. Fantasy table and pastry display.

For the pastry display, we had about 60 showpieces made of bread, sugar, chocolate and so on… everything had to be edible.

The showpieces were not made on the spot, but brought in and eventually finished at the exhibition. Which means some people might have spent many months perfecting their work of art. And those who did, really went the extra miles. We witnessed a few creations that were nothing short of spectacular!

While judging, we had to look at the usual techniques, precision, cleanliness of the finish, proportion and so on… but more than the technical aspect…

I find it so important to find out how much life comes out of a showpiece.

For example a simple face can express a bland look, staring in space; while other faces will be almost alive, like talking to you… Below is a slideshow of great work of pastry and art. Another post coming up soon on Fantasy table!!

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3 Responses

  • Hk Epicurus says:

     Those are some amazing pieces of edible sculptures!    An amazing job(s).   It’s an honor for us to be able to experience these in real life, right here…   I actually saw you at HOFEX and was about to say hello, but wasn’t really sure if you enjoy being interrupted from your break in the judges corner !   : )

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks! I’ve found the level of showpieces and desserts slightly above that of 2 years ago which is a good thing for the trade. Also, there was much more contestants this year!
      I’m sure we will meet somewhere else soon! Good food attracts the same crowd of passionate people!! ;-)

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