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Off The Wire
10 Pastry & Baking North America
And finally, with everyone holding their breath, the world
champion was announced – Japan! The crowd went wild.
The Japanese supporters waved their flags and screamed their
country’s name. Some were even fighting back tears! Clearly
moved, the Minister Advisor at the Japanese embassy, Mr
Fumio SHIMIZU, said: “I am extremely proud. A year ago,
our country was devastated by a number of earthquakes and
a tsunami. Our victory here today will give a boost to all our
citizens and to the victims of these catastrophes”.
More than just a competition, the Coupe du Monde de la
Boulangerie is the internationally recognized gold standard
in the world of baking. Its competitors share ideals,
solidarity and work tirelessly to represent the art of baking
and their craft.
Team USA Takes 2nd
After three days of competition, under
the watchful eyes of an exacting jury and
in front of admiring crowds, the winning
team of the 2012 Coupe du Monde de la
Boulangerie is Japan!
During the Europain tradeshow held in Paris in early March,
a eight-hour juggernaut took place known as the Coupe du
Monde de la Boulangerie.
Bringing together 12 teams (France, Taiwan, Italy, Peru,
USA, South Korea, Sweden, Senegal, Japan, Netherlands,
Poland, and Costa Rica) of 3 candidates with each candidate
dedicated to a specific category: Baguettes & World Breads,
Viennese Pastries and an Artistic Piece. Hailing from every
continent, these professional bakers poured their hearts and
souls into this competition that required both passion and a
dedication to the art of baking.
Representing Baking Team USA was Harry Peemoeller,
Mike Zakowski and Jeremey Gadouas. Harry Peemoeller
handled the artistic bread sculpture with Mike Zakowski
responsible for the baguettes & bread category and Gadouas
preparing the viennoiseries.
Thanks to the support of the team sponsors, coaches
and ambassadors, each team was able to create products of
exceptionally high quality resulting in, arguably, the best
competition in the history of the Coupe du Monde.
When the results were announced, it was Taiwan placing
3rd and taking a place on the podium for the second straight
competition. Then, the United States was called to join Taiwan
on the podium as the 2nd place winner.
L-R: Jeff Yankellow (coach), Michael Zakowski, Jeremey Gadouas, and Harry Peemoeller