Swiss pastry chefs bake their way into record book

Updated 12 November 2012
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Swiss pastry chefs bake their way into record book

GENEVA: A legion of Swiss pastry chefs baked their way into the Guinness Book of World Records Sunday with a 1,221.6-meter (4,007.9-foot) chocolate Napoleon. Around 100 people, most of them pastry chefs, pulled together the 4.2-ton mille-feuille pastry, breaking a record set in Belgium 20 years ago by nearly 200 meters, ATS said.
After scrutinizing each inch of the flaky, layered cake to ensure it was held together as a single block, Guinness judge Anna Orford declared the new record, to cheers from around 2,000 onlookers gathered at the Palexpo center in Geneva.
A total of 250 people had helped prepare the feat over the past six months, according to Gilles Desplanches who initiated the project to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his pastry shop.
The giant pastry, consisting of 864 liters (228 gallons) of cream, 576 liters of milk, 600 kilos (1,323 pounds) of flour, 432 kilos of butter and 360 kilos of chocolate fondant, will be sliced into 30,000 pieces and sold. The expected 100,000-Swiss franc (83,000-euro, $105,000) proceeds will go to an organization combating breast cancer.


Paramount announces Elton John biopic

Updated 20 April 2018
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Paramount announces Elton John biopic

NEW YORK: Paramount has agreed to fund and distribute “Rocketman,” a biopic about British entertainer Elton John, a spokesman for the US studio said on Thursday.
The film will star Taron Egerton (“Kingsman,” “Eddie the Eagle“), who will sing the songs featured in the film, the spokesman said.
And it will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, who also helmed a biopic about another British singer — Freddie Mercury of the group Queen.
Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.
John, who in the 1980s became one of the first openly gay major celebrities, has announced that he plans to “go out with a bang” with a massive final global tour that will open on September 8 and last through 2021.