Lajos Kopcsik

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July 5, 2022

Lajos Kopcsik (Sajószentpéter, August 23, 1941 – June 19, 2022 or before) confectioner Oscar winner and Venice prize winner, Guinness record confectioner, world and Olympic champion confectioner, namesake and leading artist of Kopcsik Marzipan, Eger ( 1999) and honorary citizen of Sajószentpéter (2007).

His life

After elementary school, he became an apprentice of master confectioner Pál Smida. Since his master's industrial license was revoked, in 1956 he was forced to transfer to Borsodi Vendéglátó Vállalat, where László Csányi became his master. He graduated with honors in 1959. He started work at the company's confectionery factory in Kazincbarcika, and in 1962 he became deputy plant manager, then in 1964 he became plant manager. In the meantime, he passed his master's exam in 1963. He received his vocational qualification in the catering industry in 1977. In 1988, he moved to Eger for family reasons. In the county seat, he managed the confectionery of Panoráma Szálloda és Vendéglátó Vállalat, then became the manager of the Marzipán confectionery first, and later of the Kopcsik confectionery. Meanwhile, he supported and helped the training and education of young confectioners all the way.

Awards, recognitions

Since 1960, he has been participating in the most important county and national confectionary competitions, at each of which he won first prize. In 1970, the 14th Congress of the World Federation of Chefs' Associations was held in Budapest. In addition to the first prize, Lajos Kopcsik received the silver goblet of the world association for his works at the National Exhibition of Chef and Confectionery Art organized in honor of the congress, and later that same year the master confectioner award. In 1974, he received a gold medal at the WIKA (confectioner-cook) competition in Vienna. In 1977, he also returned home with a gold medal from the Salon Culinaire Mondial world exhibition in Basel, and the photographs of his work were included in the Golden Book of Swiss confectioners. In 1977 and 1982, he received a gold medal in Prague, at the Gastro Prag international professional competition. In 1986 in Luxembourg at the EXPO Gast World Championship, he won both individual and team gold medals; he became the unofficial world champion of confectionery. In 1987, the Service received the award for Hungarian Gastronomy. In 1988, as a member of the Hungarian team, he received a gold medal and an Oscar for pastry at the Frankfurt Culinary Olympics. He was the first to receive the award of the Association of Hungarian Confectioners and Chefs, founded in 1989 and named after József Venesz. In 1996, he entered the Berlin Culinary Olympics with ten works and won gold medals with all ten — something like this had never happened before in the history of the Olympics. In 1997, he brought home four gold medals from Karlsruhe. On August 20 of this year, he received the Small Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, and on August 20, 1998, he received the award for Heves County. In 1998, he won six gold, three silver and three bronze medals at the World Gastronomy Championship in Luxembourg. Entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2001: with his three and a half square meter mural made of sugar (this can be seen in Eger, at the Offi House) and with the ten gold medals he won at the Berlin Olympics. In 2002, he received the Pro Turismo award. in 2005: An independent exhibition of his works, Kopcsik Marzipánia, opened in Eger; received the gold lifetime achievement award of the German Chefs Association; became a member of the Order of the First Hungarian White Table. in 2006: Eger star memorial plaque; Star of Kazincbarcika (marble plaque on the main square of the town); Heves County Prima prize. In 2007: Grand Cross of the Order of the First Hungarian White Table, Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of HungaryPortrait films: 2000, Hungarian Television, Millennium Tales series; 2002. Book: publication of the Hungarian Confectionery Industry Association: A cukrász (2006). His works can be found in many public and private collections around the world.

Resources

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