LT8 Freestyle Contemporary Dessert

Competition details (including date and time)

LT8 Freestyle Contemporary Dessert

40 minute competition

Thursday 3rd March, 1215hrs -1255hrs

Open to all Chefs to create 2 portions of a hot or cold show stopping dessert in 40 minutes. Minimum and reasonable mise-en- place may be used. Show as many skills to the judges as possible in your preparation and service. Judges will be looking for originality, and innovative flavour combinations.

Additional Information for this class

The presentation of the dish on service ware of the competitors choice which should enhance the dish, and ultimately delivering a fabulous dessert that eats well. All ingredients and service equipment to be provided by the competitor. A menu discription for the dish will be required.  


Le Cordon Bleu London

Arrival Time

Minimum one hour before competition 1115hrs. Please report to Live Theatre registration when you arrive.

Equipment Provided

Workstations comprise a 6 ring burner, oven and grill, electricIty points, plumbed in sinks and hand wash basins. There is also access to refrigeration and a freezer.

A visual of a workstation can be viewed below.

Hygiene Products


Cleaning chemicals such as sanitisers, degreasers and washing up liquid will be provided by Ecolab.

Cling Film, Foil and Baking Paper will be provded by Wrapex.

Ingredients Provided

Competitors to provide all ingredients.

What are judges looking for?

Judges will be looking for the skills used at the competition to create the dish, a balance in textures and flavours

To view a copy of a Live Theatre judging sheet please click here.


Judges will be available at the Live Theatre for feedback after the judging has been completed, all competitors should make time to do this.


Results will be announced by the Compere and posted on the results board as soon as possible after judging is complete.

Presentation of awards –


Salon Culinaire Awards Ceremony, Live Theatre 1715hrs.

Entry into the show

All competitors and colleagues must register online as a Salon Culinaire Competitor at www.hotelympia.com/salon passes will be emailed direct.

Arriving at the show and accessing the hall

Hotelympia is in the South Hall at ExCeL at the East end of the venue. The closest entrance from the Central Boulevard is S7, turn right as you enter the show, Live Theatre is located at the end of the hall. If you need drop-off faclilities then please proceed to the Lorry Marshalling Yard and go to the Traffic Administration Office. On production of your Salon Culinaire Vehicle Pass (which will be sent to you) you will be directed to the lorryway to gain access to Vehicle Door S10, which is closest to Live Theatre for unloading. There is no faciity to park on the Lorryway, once you have finshed unloading you must immediately remove your vehicle and proceed to the Undercroft Car Park.

Please note if you do not require unloading facilities, for easier and quicker access, please park in the Undercroft Car Park and proceed with light Equipment to Live Theatre Registration.