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.


Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

Updated 19 June 2018
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Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

MOSCOW: Budweiser say they “respect the religious beliefs” of all players after Egyptian keeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined his man-of-the-match award sponsored by the American beer giant at the World Cup.
Elshenawy was nominated after his stoic efforts holding off Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to the South Americans in their World Cup opener on Friday.
But the 29-year-old turned down the award due to his Muslim faith.
Budweiser told AFP on Monday: “We respect the religious beliefs of all players and worked with FIFA to put a process in place for Man of The Match winners who wish to not be featured with the Budweiser branding for religious reasons.
“Official Man of The Match winners who decline the Bud trophy for religious reasons will still receive full honors, such as Mohamed Elshenawy did, and we congratulate him on his accomplishment.”