Baking Team Canada prepares for world’s top baking competition
World Cup of Baking runs Feb 5-9 in Paris; NAIT instructors and alumni make up two-thirds of team
Members of Baking Team Canada are finalizing their secret recipes in preparation for the prestigious World Cup of Baking (or Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie), which begins Feb. 5 in Paris, France. Three of the team’s six members are NAIT instructors, while a fourth is a recent graduate of the polytechnic’s Baking program. The team’s other members come from Toronto and Montreal.
This is the first time in 16 years Canada has qualified for the World Cup of Baking.
Team members will be available to speak to media about the competition and the intense training they have gone through to prepare for this event. There will be photo ops of team members in the kitchen and interacting with students.
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
NAIT Main Campus
Bakery (Meet outside Room O009 near Common Market in O Building)
11762 106 St. NW
Baking Team Canada members Alan Dumonceaux, Clayton Folkers and James Holehouse
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Baking Team Canada secured a spot at the international competition last June after scoring the highest points at the Louis Lesaffre Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The team includes:
- Team manager and Viennese pastry competitor
- NAIT Baking program chair
- Graduated from the NAIT Cook Apprentice program in 1984 and the Baking program in 2005
- Artistic showpiece competitor
- NAIT Baking instructor
- Graduated from NAIT Baking program in 2000
- Technical advisor
- NAIT Baking instructor
- Graduated from NAIT Cooking program in 1979
Mario Fortin (Montreal)
Marcus Mariathas (Toronto)
- Baguette and world breads competitor
Elien de Herdt
- Young Hopeful
- Graduated from NAIT Baking program in 2014
The team will compete Feb. 7, in a day-long test of their skills in an open kitchen before an audience and a panel of judges. They must prepare a series of required breads and pastries, some of their own creations, an edible artistic showpiece made entirely of bread, and, in a show of teamwork, inventive sandwiches from scratch including the breads, fillings and condiments.
Representing the Americas, de Herdt will compete in the Young Hopefuls category Feb. 4 against four other young bakers.
Established in 1992, the World Cup of Baking is an international competition held every four years.