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Taiwanese to get a taste of 'Chocolate Wonderland' next month

2010/06/04 20:05:42

Taipei, June 4 (CNA) A Taiwan baker has made a 170 cm tallchocolate model of the Taipei 101 tower to promote the WorldChocolate Wonderland exhibition that will open in Taipei next month.

The baker, Lee Kuo-yi, said at a promotional event Friday that heand his team took a month to create the piece, which is made fromalmost 20 kg of chocolate.

"The biggest challenge is how to keep the chocolate in perfectcondition, " said Lee, who won a silver medal at HOFEX 2009, Asia'sleading food and hospitality trade show.

Chocolate is a fragile medium in food art because it melts attemperatures of over 20 degrees Celsius and cracks at temperatureslower than 0 degrees Celsius, he explained.

In an effort to promote Taiwan's cultural and creativeindustries, the organizers of the exhibition have invited Lee andother Taiwanese master bakers to submit food art for the show.

The show, which was held in Beijing earlier this year and willmove to Taiwan on July 3, will exhibit the work of more than 100world-class bakers, depicting structures like the Great Wall ofChina, China's terracotta army and the Mogao Caves.

Phoebe Chen, the mother of a three-year-old, said she and her sonwill go the exhibition because they both loved the movie "Charlie andthe Chocolate Factory."

"I think it is great that chocolate is the medium used in theexhibition," she said.

The exhibition will be held at National Taiwan Science EducationCenter in Shihlin, Taipei City from July 3 to September 26.

(By Hsin-Yin Lee)
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