JUDGING THE UK CHOCOLATE MASTERS

Following her success as the UK World Chocolate Master in Paris, Ruth has been in high demand as a competition judge. In 2016, she was selected to judge the UK Chocolate Masters, alongside Michel Roux Jr from TV’s Masterchef.

The UK Chocolate Masters is a one-day event held every second year in London. The cream of the UK’s pastry chef talent compete to be selected UK Chocolate Master, and for the chance to represent the UK at the World Finals in Paris.

As a former World Chocolate Masters finalist, Ruth was well positioned to understand the pressures the contestants were under, and knew from personal experience what level of skills they would have to demonstrate to succeed up against the world’s best in Paris.

During the competition, Ruth judged a number of categories, including chocolate showpiece, chocolate desserts and entremet.

Tasting delicious chocolate recipes all day is a challenging task, and one which requires a very sensitive palate. To make sure her palate remained consistent, Ruth took a small mouthful of a base chocolate between each plate tasted.

Each of today’s competitors is already a winner in my book. Just being here, putting your reputation on the line takes guts.

Ruth Hinks
UK World Chocolate Master
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