Four teams, two from Asia and two from Europe were all aiming to convince the international jury with their sweet works of art at “Confectioners” iba-UIBC-CUP, but the winners were Peng Hao and Chia Ming Yang, from Taiwan.
They had one and a half days to master the tasks at hand. A décor piece made from sugar, chocolate, marzipan and nougat – or a combination of three different Petits Fours, three different chocolates, two figures, as well as a country specialty in which a gateau was integrated is what they were supposed to prepare. Everything was in accordance with the theme of this year’s “circus” competition at iba 2015. The visitors were able to follow the competition live in the open bakeries in Hall B3 – and that which they saw was confectionery art at its very best.
“The decision was extremely close,” said Gerhard Schenk, president of the German Association of Confectioners and vice president of the International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIBC). He was speaking at the award ceremony which he presented, together with Franz Wenninger, who is the Jury Chairman and Deputy Supreme Master of the Confectioners’ Guild of Bavaria.
The two were thus presented with the much coveted award at iba on Thursday afternoon, September, 17. In second place came the team from South Korea with Dong-woo Lee and Hyunk-jin Kwon. The German team, consisting of Annika Früholz and Thomas Lakner, took third place whereas Cathrine Nilsen and Hege Andersen Høgstø from Norway finished fourth.
Source: World Bakers