Competition series School Of Chocolate aired on Netflix on 26 November 2021, where eight pastry experts battled to score a once-in-a-lifetime prize, but who was the winner?
Netflix’s newest competition series is a hit with confectionary-lovers.
Competitions revolving cakes and bakes are common, but have you ever seen a battle between exquisite chocolate masterpieces?
I don’t know about you, but we didn’t know chocolate could be transformed into such detailed and realistic sculptures.
Headed by world-renowned pastry chef Amaury Guichon, the series offers the winner a masterclass with the chocolatier.
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Who’s the School Of Chocolate winner?
Juan Gutierrez was crowned first place amongst the eight participants.
He went head to head against Mellisa and took home the win with his impeccable prehistoric showpiece featuring vibrant delicate blooms and a towering dinosaur head.
A native of Cartago, Colombia, Gutierrez is the pastry chef at Four Season Chicago’s Adorn Bar and Restaurant. Prior to this position, he led the pastry jitchen at Vigin Hotels Chicago.
He pursued the culinary arts against the wishes of his family, who encouraged him to become a doctor.
At 19, he relocated to Chicago to attend French Pastry School and also has a degree from Mariano Moreno Culinary Institute.
It seemingly paid off since he became the executive pastry chef at Longman & Eagle at only age 24 and received a nomination for the prestigious Jean Banchet Award for Rising Star Pastry Chef Of The Year.
Check out his Instagram where you can see all his elegant creations.
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What does Gutierrez win exactly?
A prize with a total worth of $100,000, Gutierrez wins an invitation to Guichon’s Las Vegas pastry academy to teach a masterclass.
On top of that, he’s $50,000 richer to support his next pastry and chocolate venture – does this mean we’ll see a Juan Gutierrez patisserie in Chicago soon?
His last two prizes is a spot at the Charleston Wine And Food Festival and a one-on-one session with Cacao Barry’s globally-recognised chefs to create his own signature chocolate.