In his acceptance speech, Mr. Metaer humbly expressed his joy in representing France and his determination to promote the high-quality work produced by artisan bakers and pastry chefs around the world.
France’s Nina Metaer has achieved a historic milestone by being officially named the World’s Best Pastry Chef, becoming the first woman to receive this prestigious honour.
The title of World Pastry Chef of the Year 2023 was awarded to her by the International Union of Bakers and Pastry Chefs (UBIC) during the trade fair in Munich.
Expressing her gratitude, she wrote on Instagram: “On this honorable day, I would like to thank the artisans who accompany me every day, the enthusiasts who work with me and who are more than a profession to them. I would like to,” he wrote. On Instagram.
“This award is even more moving because I started my career in baking. I am delighted to be able to represent France and contribute to improving the quality of work of artisan bakers and pastry chefs around the world.” she said in her acceptance speech.
Her journey to becoming the world’s best pastry chef
The La Rochelle-born pastry chef, now 35, honed her skills at the prestigious Ferrandi School in Paris, where she graduated at the top of her class.
She then joined Yannick Alléno’s team at the prestigious Le Meurice in Paris, starting as a clerk but quickly rising through the ranks.
In 2015, French chef Jean-François Piège, who was aiming to earn two Michelin stars for his new venture, Grand Restaurant, selected her as head pastry chef.
And unsurprisingly, just one year later, the restaurant was awarded the coveted two stars.
Since then, she was awarded the title of “Pastry Chef of the Year” by Le Chef magazine in 2016 and was named “Pastry Chef of the Year” by the Gault & Millau Guide the following year.
In terms of social media, she has a huge fan following. On her Instagram she has more than 220,000 fans, and on her YouTube channel, where she shares her pastry know-how, she has 25,000 subscribers.
Mr. Metae is currently the mastermind behind the online pastry and consulting business Delicateserie, which has two locations in the Ile-de-France region.