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Pastry Chef Daniel Sarabia from Mérida, Extremadura, wins the Milhojas award for Best Dessert 


by Margaux Cintrano
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The Confederation Española de Empresarios Artesanos de Pasteleria (CEEPA) held its 2019 Championship for Best Bakery, Best Icecream, Best Café, Best Spanish Pastry Chef and The best Chocolate Confectionary  during the week of February 23rd through February 26th at IFEMA, The Juan Carlos Trade Fair Centre.

Nine prestigious firms including Valrhona Chocolates, Debic Salva, FBM, Remai, Ravifruit, Gaza Ganaderos, Bragard & Cart Services were present.

The  Spanish candidates included

Barcelona:  Alberto Barrero
Madrid:   Alberto Izquerido
Mérida:  Daniel Sarabia
Madrid:  David Cristobal
Ciudad Real:  Jesús Javier Quirós
Toledo:  Justo Almendrote
Barcelona:  Lady Maria Selyanina
Murcia:  Marcos Fuentes
San Sebastian:   Ruth Gou
Madrid:  Pedro José  Bas
Tarragona:  Sergio Márquez

The Jury included French Master Chocolatier and Pâtissier Fréderic Cassel who was the President of the prestigious International Association of Relais Desserts for 14 years,  Carles Mampel, The Founder of Bubó,  Rafael Tugues, President of the Spanish Team and member of the Coupe du Monde de La Pâtisserie,  Yann Duytsche and Manu Jara, the Ambassador for Cacao Barry and all  organised by CEEAP.

The commercial exhibition of products and services  was complemented with the organisation of numerous parallel activities and technical demonstrations, lectures for professionals and the presentation of new products.

The Best Dessert,  Milhojas ( a thousand layers of pastry ) award, was given to the meriting Pastry Chef Daniel Sarabia from Mérida, Extremadura.