• Sunday , 23 April 2017

Recipe Contest


The Winners are: 

Here are the final choices from the judges, so congratulations to the winners and runners-up! It was a difficult task because there were so many wonderful dishes. We do apologize for the delay in announcing the final results, as this was our first contest and the response was far greater than we expected. Many of the recipes will be posted once they are edited, and we will contact those listed below to arrange for the delivery of their prizes. Thank you to everyone who participated!



First Prize:   Pete Schmutte – Pastry Chef Cerulean Restaurant, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Pete Schmutte

Runners-up:   Mickael Fournier – Executive Pastry Chef, St. Regis, Punta Mita, Mexico

                              Tom Van Lysebettens – Chef/Owner, Cochon de Luxe, Gent, Belgium

                              Ian Perazzelli – Pastry Cook, Jean-Georges, New York City

                              Ryan Harris – Executive Pastry Chef, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, U.A.E

                              Corey Wright – Pastry Chef, The Jackson Family of Wines, Cotati, California

                              William Mordido – Demi Chef,  Chikos Restaurant & Café, Auckland, New Zealand

                              Cesar C. Ramirez – Pastry Chef,  Chef Cez Chocolates, Austin, Texas

                              Genevieve Meli – Pastry Chef,  Davio’s, New York City

                              Anirudh Ghanshyam Montora – Pastry Chef, Novotel, Ahmedbad, India

                              Michael Craig – Pastry Chef, St. Regis, Atlanta, Georgia

                              Cher D. Harris – Pastry Chef, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania



First Prize:   Brett Youmans, Reading, PennsylvaniaBacon-Kissed-Sinful-SMores-Brett-Youmans

Runners-up:   Michele Faubert, Montreal, Canada

                             Heather Bennett, Essex, United Kingdom

                             Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis, Indiana

                             Karen Smithson, Quitman, Arkansas

                             Maria Alicea, Winter Park, Florida

                             Michele Faubert, Quebec, Canada



We teamed up with Valrhona, the chocolate experts, and five extraordinary pastry chefs to showcase your best chocolate recipe!

Our  judges:

Jacques Torres:  “Mr. Chocolate”
Florian Bellanger:  MadMac & Cupcake Wars
Joe Murphy:  Executive Pastry Chef  at Jean-Georges
Derek Poirier:  Corporate Chef for Valrhona
Antonio Bachour:  Executive Pastry Chef at St. Regis Bal Harbour


Jacques Torres Florian Bellanger
executive pastry chef joe murphy

Joe Murphy

Derek Poirier

Derek Poirier

Antonio Bachour







You submitted your very best, favorite, original chocolate recipe, along with a photo, for a chance to win:

The Colors of Dessert - photographed by Battman

The Colors of Dessert – photographed by Battman


∗  A copy of “The Colors of Dessert” signed by Battman

∗ 2.2 pounds each of  Bahibe and Dulcey chocolate, from Valrhona

∗  A gift certificate for $100

∗  A special feature on The Chefs Connection website

∗  Bragging rights!

The top 10 runners-up in each category will receive 2.2 pounds of  chocolate from Valrhona and have their recipes posted on our site where they will be seen by foodies & chefs alike. We’ll also be tweeting, pinning, & posting some of our favorites.


**Winners will be announced August 15th**

And now for the serious stuff.  To be eligible for all the prestige and prizes, your contest entry must include: 

  • all ingredients and easy-to-follow directions
  • name (make it fun!) and photo (make it good!) of the finished dish
  • whether you’re a professional chef and, if so, any restaurant affiliation
  • your contact information, including full name, address, phone number, & email address

More fine print:

  • chefs and home cooks are both welcome to participate, and one winner will be chosen from each category
  • feel free to share your entry using hashtag #ShowUsYourChocolate
  • only one entry per person permitted
  • recipes from other sources will not be accepted and we will not be held responsible for them

Email your entry to:  contest@thechefsconnection.com

The contest deadline has passed!  Winners are posted at the top of this page. Runners-up to come! We will announce our next contest shortly.


Need some inspiration? 



  1. William Mordido avatar
    william mordido
    August 22, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Hi chefs connection,

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to be on your site! Could you please change ‘Chico’s’to ‘chikos’s’?

    Thank you again!!!!!

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