After our apprentice Stefanie Brandstätter achieved the first rank at the Styrian confectioners apprentices‘ competition on March 28, 2012, her next step was the federal competition in Oberwart, Burgenland, on June 21.
Competing with Austria’s best 16 confectioner apprentices, she was able to proof her skills and won a gold medal!
On April 5, our apprentice ElkeOpresnik took second rank at the Styrian confectioners apprentices‘ competition and qualified for the federal competition, which took place June 17 at the Goettweig monastery in the state of Lower Austria.
In Goettweig, she competed with Austria’s best apprentices and was rewarded with a bronze medal!
Based on the first rank at Austria’s federal apprentice competition for Andrea Regner, who apprenticed at her father’s business, Michael Regner was awarded for the best apprentice company of Austria in 2009. He was presented with the golden sugar cone.
The best confectioner in the world is Styrian! Twenty-one-year-old Gregor Regner from Seckau won the gold medal at the professional world championships WorldSkills in Calgary, Canada, in 2009.
Four days of competition and 22 hours' time to work.
Marzipan figures, desserts, plated desserts, a cake, pralines and a showpiece made of chocolate, including cake-and-sugar decorations — all of which to be produced within the allotted time. Judging at WorldSkills is based not only on the products' appearance and taste. Contestants are also judged on complying with deadline, the exact number of products, stated size and weight, diversity of the components, applied skills, cleanliness and organisation.
Much thanks go to Leo Forsthofer as well as Christian Schaberreiter for help and cooperation at the world championships!
Andrea Regner, winner of the Austrian federal confectionery apprentices 2009!
On Wednesday, 24 June 2009, the annual federal apprentice competitions for confectioneries took place in Salzburg’s Europapark.
Andrea Regner, the youngest child confectioner in the Regner family, won the highly contested federal competition after the taking top honors in the state contest. The elite contestants came from all over Austria and performed at an extraordinarily high level.
The win by Andrea Regner, 19 years old, puts the Regner family in a unique class among Austrian confectioners: the first time in which three siblings — including Johanna, 23, and Gregor, 21 — from one family each won both their state and federal competitions. The Regner confectionery is now indeed the very sweet messenger from the market town of Seckau!
Third win at the state competition for the offspring of confectioner Regner Andrea Regner, 19 years old, from the Regner confectioner dynasty in Seckau, won the Styrian state apprentice confectioners competition on 25 March 2009 in Gleinstaetten. The winner is an apprentice at her family's tradition-rich company.
Additionally, a second apprentice of the Regner confectionery, Anita Hartleb, 20 years old, placed fourth in the field of 32 highly skilled competitors. Employer Michael Regner said he was proud of his protegees. The apprentices had four hours to make one whipped cake, 15 Petit Fours, 8 Marzipan figures and a showpiece with the theme “Spring”, as well as a cake with writing, border decoration and a flower bouquet made of Marzipan.
Gregor Regner, apprentice at the well-known confectioner Josef and Maria Fingerlos in Salzburg, stood atop a field of Austria's 18 best apprentices, taking top honors in the federal competition on 28 May 2008, at the Atrio shopping mall in Villach.
Two weeks earlier, the 20-year-old won Salzburg's state competition of confectionery apprentices. He trained with his boss Josef Fingerlos, the 1993 world champion and 1995 European vice champion of patisserie.
“Art of Fantasy” – this is reflected in his products (showpieces, cream cake, Petit Fours, Marzipan figures, flower bouquets and pralines), which had to be made within six hours. His products moved the jury that evaluates the overall highly skilled competitors. His large, two-tiered showpiece was made of chocolate and decorated with a fantasy bird blown of silk sugar and adorned with an artfully decorated sugar flower.
Gregor's victory also made history at the contest for him and his sister Johanna: They are the only siblings to each win the federal competition, following Johanna's win in 2004.
Culinary division, accredited professionals, Styria
Second place in the Culinary division was awarded to master confectioner Michael Regner from Seckau for his cake “Top of Styria“. The event brings together accredited professionals from Upper Styria to the state's “Vulcanland” – a region recognised for the high quality of its products. The ingredients from these areas are well-known across Styria. And the virtuoso confectioner combined all these - pumpkin seeds, apples and Swiss pine liqueur – into his creation “Top of Styria”.
The final cake held a diameter of 22 cm. The bottom layer consists of a chocolate biscuit with fruity apple jam. On top is a cake of cream with steamed, square-cut apples and a shot of Maschanska Schnapps to round out the taste. On top is a nougat cream with a pumpkin lacing made of caramelized pumpkin seeds mixed with milk chocolate.
The top layer is a chocolate mousse with the legendary Swiss pine Schnapps. The finished filled cake is coated in a shiny chocolate cover. As decoration, the sides of the cake are garnished with golden dusted chocolate discs, topped with truffels decoration in white chocolate and pumpkin brittle.
At the annual federal competition of apprentices in Tyrol, Bianca Hochmüller,our confectioner apprentice in the 3rd year, represented Styria. She was awarded the silver medal.
Bianca Hochmüller was awarded first rank at the Styrian state apprentices’ competition 2007 in Gleinstaetten. For her theme cake, Bianca made a rabbit and egg blown from silk sugar.
Seckauer Lebkuchen gingerbread was rewarded as a sweet messenger of our town as one of the best products!
For the fourth time, AloisGölles bestowed the coveted “Styrian Lucullus” — Austria’s top culinary prize for country typical specialties. In the category Delicacies,Michael Regner's company was one of the finalists with its Seckauer Lebkuchen gingerbread.
The gala on March 15, 2005, brought together 19 finalists for the awards and tasting. The Lucullus has established itself over the past years as one of the most significant awards for innovative products.
Under the “Öba&Ökonda 2005”, in the category Housebrand, our confectionery received the silver medal.
We are very happy about this big success!
Styrian of the Day: The KleineZeitung newspaper congratulates the elder daughter of the Regner family, Johanna Regner, in Seckau with the title “Styrian of the day”.
Success for Styria – and for Seckau! After winning the state confectioners apprentice competition, Johanna Regner won the federal apprentices competition 2004 in Linz Pasching, Upper Austria. Within six hours in front of a captivated audience, she constructed a two-tier cake decorated with different kinds of silk sugar; an entrement; six kinds of desserts, each four pieces; two times two Marzipan figures; Pralines; and a flower bouquet made of silk sugar.
With her precise and creative work, she was able to convince the jury. In addition, there was a state team ranking for the first time, in which Johanna Regner and her colleague represented Styria to first place.
Sabine Gruber took second rank at the federal apprentice competition in Eisenstadt.