The UK pastry team has won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

The Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie took place at international food event Sirha, which happens bi-annually in Lyon, France.

The sugar prize and eighth placing were the culmination of hundreds of hours of training and recipe development, following a series of qualifying rounds held over a two-year period.

The team was made up of president Martin Chiffers, ice candidate and team captain Andrew Blas, sugar candidate Florian Poirot, and Valrhona chocolate candidate Chris Zammit.

The team qualified through 50 national selection events and four continental events.

Each team had 10 hours in which to create:

Three Valrhona chocolate desserts
Three frozen fruit desserts
15 identical desserts on plate
One sculpture made of sugar
One sculpture made of Valrhona chocolate
One sculpture made of sculpted hydric ice

The UK team chose Marvel in London as their theme, as they wanted to “showcase the capital, as well as use the colours, characters and themes from the Marvel Universe to express both the team’s creativity and a variety of techniques”, according to Chiffers.