Two Quebecers, employees of the Casino de Montréal and Casino du Lac-Leamy, win top prizes in an international ice sculpting contest!

MONTRÉAL, Dec. 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Food sculpting brothers Ross Baisas, who works at the Casino de Montréal, and Antonio Baisas, who works at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, have just returned from Poland with 1st place prizes in two categories of a major competition. This is the second consecutive year they have accomplished the feat.

The International Ice Sculpture Festival in Poznań, held from December 11 to 13, 2015, awarded 1st prize to Ross and Antonio in the main event for their submission consisting in several blocks they put together and sculpted as a team. Then, in the solo category, Ross took the honours. The artists were required to faithfully reproduce an image projected on a screen within 25 minutes using only 2 tools. First place was awarded after three qualifying rounds. "We are tremendously proud of Ross and Antonio. They are dominating the world with their art and their passion. They are great champions!" gushed Jean-Pierre Curtat, Executive Chef, Casino de Montréal.

In January 2015, a team made up of the Baisas brothers and Sébastien Therrien, also from the Casino de Montréal, took top honours at the prestigious International Snow Sculpture Contest in Valloire, France. Starting with a huge block of snow, the team produced a sculpture with flowing curves titled Cycle de vie (life cycle). The sculpture is now immortalized thanks to a permanent material and installed at the entrance of the Hilton Hotel next to the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau.

Ice, snow, pumpkin, chocolate and even pasta sculpting – an art passed down from father to sons – no longer holds any secrets for these two highly-talented brothers who are making their mark all over the world.


Photos available upon request.

SOURCE Loto-Québec

For further information: Marilyne Desrochers, Communications Adviser, Loto-Québec, 514-285-2929, ext. 120-7114


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