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Hungarian Florist Finishes Third in the Interflora World Cup 2019

Fanni Kaszás 2019.03.07.

Hungarian florist Tamás Mezőffy from Dunakeszi came in third place in the Interflora World Cup 2019 last weekend in Philadelphia, making him the first Hungarian to place third in an adult international competition.

Three years ago, Mezőffy came in first place in the European Florist Championship. Junior Hungarian florists, including Mezőffy, have won several international competitions. But, this was an even more impressive accomplishment given that it was the first time a Hungarian had triumphed in an adult cup.

The Interflora World Cup, held every four to six years, is the floral industry’s most prestigious event. This year, the three-day competition was held at the Philadelphia Flower Show, bringing 23 top floral designers from around the globe under one roof. The floral designers completed four preliminary design tasks followed by a semi-finals round featuring ten competitors.

The five finalists created their final design live on stage at a gala event with 650 guests. In the end, Australian Bart Hassam was named the 2019 World Cup Champion, followed by first runner-up Natalia Zhizhko from Russian and Tamás Mezőffy from Hungary.