New York, NY, January 16, 2018 - Leading pastry chefs from around the country will compete for the title of U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year during America's most prestigious pastry competition hosted by Paris Gourmet at the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York.   Over a dozen finalists will showcase their showpieces inspired by “The Great Race” at the Javits Center in New York City.  The Pastry Chef of the Year will be announced on Sunday, March 4th at 4:00 pm during the trade show which takes place March 4-6, 2018.  

America's leading pastry chefs who are selected to participate will be tasked with creating a showpiece derived from any form of recognized racing, such as car racing, swimming, horse racing, running, cycling and boating, and will have three hours to set-up their exhibit and will be permitted one assistant. Pastry chefs will showcase their talents by creating “petit gateau buffet” (mini cake/dessert display) and a plated dessert, exhibited along with highly technical chocolate sculpted showpieces using Cacao Noel brand chocolate.  

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Paris Gourmet to host the annual Pastry Chef of the Year Competition, which is certainly a highlight of the Show,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Event.  “It is amazing to see the incredible chocolate sculpted showpieces from these extremely talented chefs. Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, will preside over the judging procedures with over $16,000 of award money to be presented.”  

“The U.S. Pastry Competition, now in its 29th year, is America’s most prestigious pastry event and we are excited to welcome the competitors and judges to the leading restaurant and foodservice event in the heart of New York City,” stated Dominique Noel, Vice President of Paris Gourmet, the competition sponsor. “We look forward to a dazzling array of entries from the best and most creative pastry chefs.”

The competition is hosted by Paris Gourmet, a leading specialty food importer and distributor sourcing products worldwide with service throughout North America. The event is co-sponsored by Cacao Noel Chocolate, Pastry 1 (pastry ingredients), Beurremont Butter, Gourmand and Maison de Choix.  For more information, visit

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, now in its 25th year, brings together over 20,000 restaurant and foodservice professionals with 550+ vendors to demo (or taste) the latest products and services in the industry. The three-day event offers several feature areas on the Show floor including the Food Trends Experience, Taste NY and Craft Beverage Showcase, the new Healthy Pavilion and Pubware and Equipment Pavilion.  With 40+ education sessions and Center Stage featuring celebrity chef demonstrations, this is the place to be March 4-6.  All industry professionals from restaurants, catering and foodservice are invited to attend. Register by February 3, 2018 to save. For more information, visit  

The trade show is managed by Urban Expositions (, and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association ( Urban Expositions, now operating as Clarion UX and owned by Clarion Events produces and manages a portfolio of 36 trade and consumer events, serving a range of industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Foodservice, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Automotive and Enthusiast Lifestyle, with offices in Kennesaw, GA, Chicago, IL, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR, and Boca Raton, FL.

ABOUT CLARION EVENTS -- Clarion Events operates over 180 events in 50 countries from offices in the UK, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, and the Netherlands.  Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK.  More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in a number of global vertical industries. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness.

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