Chef chocolatier Lionel Clement of the Wynn Hotel in Last Vegas, will represent the United States at the 2009 World Chocolate Masters competition, put on by Barry Callebaut. This year's theme is Haute Couture.

Clement spends nearly six hours daily designing chocolate sculptures and preparing chocolate pastries, pralines and desserts in preparation of the event, to be held Oct. 14 to 16 at the Salon Du Chocolat in Paris.