Preheat your ovens and ready your enrobers. The Valrhona C3 pastry competition is landing on American soil for the first time ever at this year’s 10th Annual StarChefs.com International Chefs’ Congress. Six of North America’s most exciting pastry chefs will ply the nuances of Valrhona’s Illanka chocolate to make bonbons and plated desserts for a high-ranking roster of industry judges, including Johnny Iuzzini, Eric Bertoïa, Elizabeth Falkner, François Payard, and William Werner. “Valrhona’s mission is to create community and creative exchange between pastry professionals to push the industry forward,” says Anthony Valla, COO of Valrhona USA. “ICC shares this goal and is a great way to introduce the celebrated C3 competition to North America.” This will be the fifth pastry competition hosted by StarChefs at ICC, and a first partnership with C3, which launched in 2008. “StarChefs has always gone above and beyond to give pastry chefs a spotlight and a global platform to showcase their talents,” says Iuzzini. The competition will begin with a day of prep at Valrhona’s new Brooklyn campus and finish on the ICC Main Stage, where originality, technical mastery, flavor, and chocolate-wow-factor will win the day (not to mention $5,000). The winner will also represent North America in next year’s International C3 @ ICC. “I feel every medium should look to promote and recognize talent that is changing the ways we view its craft, and this is exactly what Valrhona and StarChefs are accomplishing by uniting and hosting the C3 competition,” says Werner. “I look forward to being inspired by the chefs that will be competing and breaking new ground in chocolate driven pastry.” Visit www.starchefs.com/icc to purchase tickets and learn more.