Glory for Germany as three-day extravaganza at Manchester Central comes to a thrilling close.
Nicolaus Peters has been crowned Interflora World Cup champion 2023 following a glittering gala final. The three-day knockout event - staged in the UK for the first time in its history - brought the global elite of floristry together to compete for the ultimate accolade and a £15,000 prize.
Competitors from 20 nations as far afield as Japan, USA and Vietnam, were set a series of creative tasks under strict time conditions - some known about in advance and others given as a surprise to test their speed of thought and design skills.
The Grand Final saw Norway, United Kingdom, Spain, Republic of Korea and Germany go head to head. For the final task, competitors were required to create an arrangement celebrating Interflora’s centenary by dressing a framework including the number 100, They were watched by an audience of over 600 floristry fanatics, including seven previous World Cup Champions. No pressure there!
After a tense wait for the final scores to be calculated, the result was announced:
1st place and Interflora World Cup Champion - Nicolaus Peters representing Germany.
2nd place - Elisabeth Pålsson representing Norway.
3rd place – Elizabeth Newcombe from the UK.
A delighted Nicolaus said: “I can’t believe I’ve won. It’s still sinking in. It’s an incredible achievement and I’m so proud and overwhelmed.”
Throughout the event the competitors’ incredible creations were evaluated by a team of 14 international judges and adjudicators managed by the International Florist Organisation, Florint. They were assessed on four key aspects of good floristry design; idea, colour, composition and technique alongside how sustainable their efforts were.
Interflora’s director of florist services, Nick Priest, said: “Over the past three days Manchester has been a wonderful home for The Interflora World Cup. We’ve been delighted to welcome thousands of visitors from across the world who have enjoyed the incredible creativity from the elite of global floristry who are indisputably at the top of their game. We’re so delighted to crown Nicolaus as winner of the Interflora World Cup and wish him every future success.”
Interflora World Cup - Final Result
1st Nicolaus Peters, Germany
2nd Elizabeth Pålsson, Norway
3rd Elizabeth Newcombe, United Kingdom
4th Kim Hyung Hack, Republic of Korea
5th Patricia Aguin, Spain
6th Stephane Chanteloube, France
7th Attila Nemeth, Hungary
8th Jennifer Thomasson, USA
9th Katharina Albrechtsen, Denmark
10th Melissa Smedes, Netherlands
11th Saija Sitolahti, Finland
12th Emanuela Araujo, Portugal
13th Lea Romanowski, Canada
14th Thanh Tran, Vietnam
15th Daniela Pighetti, Italy
16th Leong Solomon, Hong Kong
17th Ivan Moreno, Colombia
18th Alejandro Figueira, Venezuela
19th Hironori Komatsu, Japan
20th Monica Patricia Garcia Villegas, Peru.
Images: Alex Choi