C3 Candidates Announcement

On July 31 2017, a selection committee comprising representatives from both l’École Valrhona and StarChefs anonymously reviewed all the applications submitted to participate in the C3 Competition and selected the 6 candidates and 3 alternates for the Competition Final in October 2017. 

We are thrilled to announce  the 6 selected candidates and the 3 alternates who are invited to participate in the prestigious Valrhona C³ competition on October 23, 2017. Congratulations to, in alphabetical order:

  • Curtis Cameron
    Las Alcobas/ Alcacia House

    St. Helena, California

  • Giane Cavaliere
    Volt Restaurant

    Frederick, Maryland

  • Christian Lai Chun
    Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

    Vancouver, Canada

  • Thao Nguyen
    Grey Eagle Casino & Resort

    Calgary, Canada

  • Mina Pizzaro

    New York, New York

  • Lok Hin Yam
    Rosewood Sandhill Hotel, Madera

    Menlo Park, California

  • Stephanie Duong (Alternate)
    Roselle Desserts

    Toronto, Canada

  • Christina Mercado (Alternate)
    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Jordan Neal (Alternate)
    Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village

    Thousand Oaks, California


On October 23, 2017, the finalists’ works and recipes will be assessed and tasted by professional Work and Tasting Judges as well as Press Judges. The selection will be made on the basis of an assessment criteria for all participants: originality, taste, flavor combinations, textures and adherence to the theme.


The winner will receive a $4,000 prize and represent North America in the 2018 International C3 Final.


Click here to buy your pass to attend the competition or to learn more about the competition