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What is the World Pâté Croûte championship ?

This unique global competition is designed to help preserve a centuries-old, French culinary tradition — the artful preparation of Pâté-Croûte (literally translated as, pie in crust).

All started in 2009 and four Lyonnaise friends— Audrey Merle, Chef Christophe Marguin, Gilles Demange and Arnaud Bernollin—formed the Brotherhood of Pâté Croûte (La Confrérie du Pâté-Croûte), conspiring to preserve the heritage of this form of charcuterie. In establishing the world competition, they laid out rigorous rules to help identify the best examples of the dish through a series of qualifying rounds (heats) leading up to the finals. Only experienced food catering professionals are permitted to participate, and all the tastings are blind, conducted by experts in gastronomy.

The 4 founders of the Confrérie of Paté-croute

The championship brings together professional chefs, pastry artisans, and culinary enthusiasts from around the world to showcase their skills and creativity in crafting exceptional pâté croûte. Participants prepare their pâté croûte creations using a wide range of ingredients, including various meats, game, organ meats, herbs, and spices, all skillfully combined to create a delicious and visually stunning dish.

During the championship, participants present their pâté croûte entries to a panel of expert judges who evaluate the taste, texture, presentation, and overall craftsmanship of each creation. The judges assess the quality of the pastry crust, the balance of flavors within the filling, the level of seasoning, and the overall execution of the dish.

The competition not only highlights the culinary mastery required to create a perfect pâté croûte but also celebrates the heritage and tradition associated with this classic French dish. It provides a platform for chefs and artisans to demonstrate their innovative approaches, while also paying homage to the time-honored techniques and recipes that have been passed down through generations.

14 editions later, the Championship shines all over the globe and although most come from France, entries from America, Asia, Polynesia, Scandinavia and Europe have made their presence known! Japan has beaten France in the pâté-croûte world championships for the third year running. The current World Champion 2022 is Ryutaro Shiomi!

The selection process 2023 will be as followed

  • The UK selection on September 28, 2023 at the Residence of the French Embassy in London.
  • The Tahiti Selection – on October 2, 2023 in Papeete.
  • The American Selection on October 16, 2023 at the Hôtel Place d’Armes in Montreal.
  • The Scandinavian selection on October 16 in Stockholm
  • The Asian Selection – on October 17, 2023 at the French Embassy in Tokyo
  • European Selection – on November 9, 2023 at the Bristol Hotel in Paris

14 contestants will battle in Lyon ( la Sucriere), France at the Grand finale on December 4, 2023 to win the title of Pate Croute World Champion.


Finale in Lyon 2021