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Taiwanese bakers stand out on first day of Bakery World Cup

Taiwanese bakers stand out on first day of Bakery World Cup

Paris, March 4 (CNA) Taiwan's team impressed the audience at the 2012 Bakery World Cup on Sunday with their efficiency and baked goods incorporating Taiwanese features. On the first day of the 12-team competition, when bakers from Taiwan, France, Italy and Peru put their skills to the test, only Taiwan completed its required elements within the eight-hour time limit, earning applause from the audience and praise from bakers taking part in the international fair. The remaining eight teams were to perform in the following two days. Taiwan finished second at the last Bakery World Cup in 2008, behind champion France and ahead of Italy. The top three teams in 2008 automatically qualified for this year's World Cup. Chang Tai-chien, captain of the three-man team from Taiwan, said it required a great team spirit to complete baguettes and specialty breads, sweet pastries, a savory presentation and an artistic piece based on the theme "the bread, a symbol of your country" in the limited time. Chang used Hakka ingredients, including Oriental Beauty tea and dried mango, to make a bread with national features, while teammate Lin Kun-wei created six sweet pastries with fruits such as oranges, lychees, and guavas. Huang Wei-hsun, the third member of the team, made sandwiches with several Taiwanese ingredients and street food, such as Hakka salty pork and duck breast from Yilan, and he also created a Maitreya Buddha (the Buddha of the Future) as the artistic piece. The baker said he visited several temples in Taiwan to find the best way to recreate the smile the Buddha is most recognized for in the Chinese world. All three bakers said they were quite relieved after the day's contest and the judging process. The winners will be announced on March 7, a day after all the teams have completed their efforts. (By Luo Yuan-shao and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:25 GMT+08:00