More than a dozen of the UAE's top pastry chefs took part in a bake-off competition this month.
As part of the Easter Art Quest competition, organised by Chef Middle East and held at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, 15 pastry specialists from culinary hot spots including Dubai's Zuma, L ’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi showcased culinary art works featuring inspiration from the region and Easter celebrations.
"Eggspections" were certainly high, as the completion was virtually judged by internationally renowned French chefs including Meilleur Ouvrier de France winner Yann Brys, two-time French Pastry Chef of the Year by Le Chef Nina Metayer and Francois Daubinet, executive pastry chef at Paris gourmet delicatessen Fauchon.
The first prize winner, which comes with bragging rights, went to Kapila Amaratunga, executive pastry chef at W Dubai – The Palm, for The Real Woman of Dubai.
Inspired by the work of artist and photographer Marta Lamovsek, the winning work is primarily made from dark and white chocolate with a design that evokes the multiculturalism of Dubai.
Runner up was Eggsquisite, by Pascal Dupuis, executive pastry chef at Shakespeare & Co, for his chocolate sculpture that interprets the work of surrealistic Lebanese pop-art artist and designer Ali Jaber.
All works are on display at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown until Sunday.
Scroll through the gallery for all the 15 works created for the Easter Art Quest competition.