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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2009
Jodie Van Der Velden of Josophan's Fine Chocolates and Café Josophan's in Leura has beaten top professional chefs to win an Australian chocolate dessert competition. At the Callebaut awards in the Hunter Valley, Jodie picked up two Australian Culinary Federation Gold Medals and won a trip to any of the Callebaut Academies around the world -- such as France, Belgium and USA -- for a training course. The winning dessert was named Palet d'Or et noisette (pillow of gold and hazelnut), and was based around a five layered chocolate petit gateaux. The gateaux included locally grown hazelnuts, both roasted and caramelised, and was garnished with a lacework chocolate sphere and gold leaf. It was served with a zesty passionfruit cream, handmade hazelnut/chocolate ice-cream on a bed of chocolate soil with caramelised hazelnuts and a shot of hazelnut liqueur infused with cacao nibs, passionfruit and lime juice. "I was absolutely thrilled to win -- I couldn't believe it given this was my first dessert competition," said Jodie. "When I found out the other competitors included chefs from top Chef Hat awarded restaurants in Sydney, and professionals who have competed in international pastry competitions, I really questioned my entry. "There were a lot of additional challenges for me to get there, but I did, and I couldn't be happier ... Now I have the difficult decision about where to travel for my prize!" Find out more at www.josophans.com.au Another win for Josophan's spring 2009 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 19 Jodie Van Der Velden innings
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