Chef Vikas Bagul wins Indian Chocolate Master title

Chef Vikas Bagul wins 
Indian Chocolate Master title 
with his chocolate sculpture

·         Chef Vikas Bagulto represent India at the Asia Pacific - World Chocolate Master Championship to be held in March’ 2015 in Taiwan
·         Inspiration from nature: Theme for 6th World Chocolate Masters
Partnered with Callebaut

Mumbai:Cacao Barry® partnered with Callebaut–the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products – today announced that Chef Vikas Bagul, The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Mumbai, won the Indian finals of the World Chocolate Masters, a premier culinary competition for chocolate craftsmen from all over the world.

Chef Vikas Bagul beats out seven other pastry chefs and chocolatiers from some of the country’s leading hotels, restaurants and culinary institutions and was named Indian National Chocolate Master 2014 following the two-day competition that was held on Sept. 24 and 25, here in Mumbai.


Runners-up included:
·         2nd Place – Chef SubhenduSahu (Leela Palace, Bangalore)
·         3rd Place – Chef Arvind Prasad (ITC Hotels, Hyderabad & Bangalore)
·         Chef Arvind Prasad and Chef ChefRupeshKhawale; were recognized with special awards for “Best Chocolate Showpiece” and “Best Cake of the Day,” respectively. 


During the two-day contest dedicated to the creative use of chocolate under the theme "Inspiration from Nature", the participants demonstrated their culinary skills in crafting a chocolate showpiece, a moulded praline/moulded bonbons, a gastronomic cake of the day and a chocolate to go, all under the watchful eyes of a 6 member jury which included respected names from the industry - Chocolatier ZebaKohli, Callebaut Brand Ambassador (Fantasie Chocolates); Chef Parvinder Singh Bali (Programme manager culinary services, OberoiCenter of Learning and Development); Chef AvijitGhosh (Callebaut Brand Ambassador &Corporate Pastry Chef, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts); Chef Abhiru Biswas (Head of Academy, Barry Callebaut India); Chef NitinUpadhyay (JW Marriott); and Chef Lionel Villaron (Executive Chef L’Opera).


Cacao Barry® partnered with Callebaut organized this event to offer chocolate artisans and pastry chefs a forum to showcase their skills in designing chocolate showpieces and other chocolate desserts. The competition required true craftsmanship to execute elaborate chocolate creations in limited time and bring to life the origin of cocoa through inspiration from nature.

Chef Vikas Bagul (The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Mumbai) will now represent India at the Asia Pacific - World Chocolate Master Championship to be held in March’ 2015 in Taiwan where he will compete against other winners from Asian countries.
The World Chocolate Masters is an initiative of the leading Gourmet brand Cacao Barry® partnering with Callebaut, part of the Barry Callebaut Group (


The World Chocolate Masters is the only international bi-annual competition that is solely dedicated to the Art of chocolate.

Participating Chefs: Chef Arvind Prasad (ITC Hotels, Hyderabad & Bangalore); Chef Neelam Saini (Kolkata); Chef NehulGautam (The Oberoi, Gurgaon, Haryana); Chef Pratik Roy (The Leela, Gurgaon); Chef RupeshKhawale (Hyatt Regency, Mumbai); Chef SubhenduSahu (Leela Palace, Bangalore); Chef Vikas Bagul (The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Mumbai); Chef AkashRawal (Hotel TajMahal Palace, Mumbai)

For more information on the competition, please visit our website 

Twitter: @wcm_competition

About World Chocolate Masters:
The World Chocolate Masters is the world’s premier culinary competition devoted solely to the Art of chocolate. The international competition initiated and sponsored by Barry Callebaut recognizes and celebrates the chocolate professionals’ innovation, artistry and technical skills. Contestants are chosen for their flair and competence – talents that are put to the test in front of an international panel of food experts.

The World Chocolate Masters was initiated in 2004. It brought together two of the gourmet profession’s most prestigious competitions: the “Grand Prix International de la Chocolaterie” organized in France by Cacao Barry and the “International Belgian Chocolate Award” organized by Callebaut in Belgium. The World Chocolate Masters competition includes national pre-selections all over the globe. The World Chocolate Masters is an initiative of Barry Callebaut’s Gourmet brand - Cacao Barry®.

About Cacao Barry® (

In 1842, Charles Barry travelled to Africa to select cacao beans for his very first connoisseur’s chocolate. Cacao Barry’s strength lies in sourcing of origin countries’ cocoa beans, working intimately with cocoa producers & selecting the best & appropriate beans for chocolate recipes.

From cocoa, covertures to exclusive plantations and customized chocolate recipes by Or Noir™, it’s our mission to support chefs in their daily challenge to delight customers with unique chocolate flavours and creative pairings in signature dishes. Fueled by 171 years of heritage, pre- & post harvesting techniques, global network of experts & portfolio of products, Cacao Barry enables chefs’ creativity by unlocking the sensorial richness of cacao & chocolate.