TAFE Wollongong teacher Herve Boutin is celebrating being chosen as the president of an international jury panel for the pastry, gelato, and chocolate World Cup in Milan.
Named Master Patissier Chocolatier Confectioner MOF Glacier in 1989 Mr Boutin will oversee the judging of the World Cup when 18 countries, including Australia, compete for the 2019 World Trophy of Pastry, Gelato and Chocolate in Italy later this year.
The competition is hosted by The International Federation of Patissier, Gelato and Chocolate (FIPGC).
"He is not only one of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, MOF Glacier 1989 (one of the best in his field in France), but also one of the experts in the WorldSkills competition and a teacher at TAFE NSW," a spokesperson said
Mr Boutin has dedicated more than 40 years to his craft after doing an apprenticeship in 1978 in a bakery south of Lyon, France.
"The World Trophy competition will be exciting," he said.
"The standard will be extremely high, creativity and innovation will certainly be on the menu in the great city of Milan. My goal as the jury President is to deliver a fair competition and support all managers".
The World Cup is one of two prominent international roles Mr Boutin performs in 2019.
He has also been selected as WorldSkills Chief Expert International Patisserie Confectionery, in Kazan, Russia in August.
"I am working to support the delivery of competitions, our industry and in particular young people who will represent our industry in the future. I'm glad to be giving back as I am a former WorldSkills competitor myself," he said.
"I like the creativity of this industry and the ability to be employable anywhere in the world".
Each year Mr Boutin travels from Wollongong to teach specialty techniques to TAFE NSW commercial cookery and retail bakery students throughout the state.
He shares his knowledge of higher-level craftsmanship and hands-on experience gained through years in the industry.
Mr Boutin said TAFE NSW graduates were highly regarded because their training is specifically based on industry needs.
"TAFE NSW baking training is endorsed by this industry. The skills taught are matched to current industry practices. When it comes to training, for quality, there is no one that comes close to TAFE NSW," he said,
Further information about studying commercial cookery or retail bakery can be found on the TAFE NSW website or on 131 601.