Taiwan wins silver medal in French baking competition
CNAPARIS -- Two Taiwan pastry chefs stood out as the second prize winners among 12 groups that attended the fourth Mondial du Pain — World of Bread Contest — in Saint Etienne, France from Sept. 26 to 28.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The Taiwanese team, made up of Wang Peng-chieh and his assistant Wang Tzu-chien, lagged only behind a French team in the group contest. In addition to the silver medal, the duo also earned an award in the category of art piece.
The team was headed by Wang Ming-hsu, a professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
“I am happy that we won,” Wang Peng-chieh said, noting that they are the first team from Asia to win an award in the competition since it was established in 2010 as part of the annual Saint-Etienne international exposition.
The award came as a special surprise because when they were preparing for the competition, they had merely wished to showcase Taiwan's skills on the world stage, said Wang. “I'm glad to bring Taiwan culture to France,” he added.
The Taiwanese team adopted elements of Taiwanese temple activities, such as parades of deities and dragon and lion dances, in its work, which helped it win the award in the art piece category.
Wang said the group contest was tough because he and his assistant had to complete nine events in a single day.
The Mondial du Pain competition is divided into four categories: bread of the world, sandwich, viennoiseries prestige and art piece.
In the category of sandwich, Wang said he used duck from the northeastern county of Yilan and Taiwan-produced honey. As for the viennoiseries prestige event, he created butterfly-shaped Danish pastries to illustrate that Taiwan is known as the kingdom of butterflies.
For the world of bread category, he molded dough into a big flower to convey the idea that like a flower, Taiwan wants to bloom in the world, Wang said.