Taiwan wins second-straight championship at France's World of Bread contest

Taiwan bakes up a storm to take first place for a second time in a row at France's The World of Bread competition

Taiwan team members in back row at The World Bread contest.

Taiwan team members in back row at The World Bread contest. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Team Taiwan won a second-consecutive championship at the 6th biennial The World of Bread (Mondial du Pain) competition held in France, besting 18 other teams from around the world, reported CNA.

The World of Bread competition is held once every two years, and this year was held from Oct. 22-24 in Nantes, France. In addition to Taiwan there were 18 other teams mentioned, including Germany, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, China, Mali, Mexico, Peru, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Switzerland, the United States, and Ivory Coast.

The Taiwanese team was coached by Wang Peng-chieh (王鵬傑), led by baker Chen Yao-hsun (陳耀訓), and was assisted by Chou Hsiao-chin (周小槿).

This year's competition was titled "Taste and Nutrition." According to the rules, competitors must complete the making of a baguette, sweet bread, artistic bread, sandwich, national specialty bread, and nutritious bread within 8 hours and 30 minutes.

At the end of the competition, the organizers announced that Taiwan had won first place saying "This is Taiwan's second time in a row to win first place, congratulations to Taiwan." During the award ceremony, the flag of Taiwan was raised and its national song was played. Japan took second place, while Belgium took third.

In addition, Taiwan also won a special award for organic bread and Chou Hsiao-chin won the award for best assistant.

In 2015, Taiwanese baker Chen Yung-hsin (陳永信) also won the overall championship and well as the artistic bread award.

Taiwanese Baker, assistant, and coach. (Image from Ambassadeurs du Pain Twitter page)