November’s 2018 international pastry competition Patissiers Dans Le Monde in Tarbes, France was an intense experience judged by 3 Meuilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF) among them: Gabriel Paillasson, Stephane Glacier and Pascal Moline, along with a strong selection of southwestern France’s best pastry chefs. It was preceded by days, weeks and months of prep, stress and planning. Sadly, no first place this time but nonetheless a great experience. Failures only add fuel to the fire... My smoky banana hazelnut chocolate entremets was my French-American contribution. Thanks to @sebastienlagrue along with his wife Sophie and crew for hosting me in their kitchen high in the Pyrenees. Thanks @bertoiaeric for giving me a chance, along with @parisgourmetny for sponsoring me. Thanks to @silikomartprofessional for being the main sponsor of the PDLM, and for the only pic I could find of all the judges! Thanks as well to @jfdevineau for founding this international club and creating such an event. And of course, merci @valrhonausa.