Chinese pair claims iba UIBC Cup of Bakers 2023

THE iba.UIBC.CUP OF BAKERS 2023 Siegerehrung des iba.UIBC CUP of Bakers 2023 auf der Bühne des iba.FORUM. Hier die glücklichen Gewinner des 2. Platzes – Team Korea mit Mitgliedern der Jury.

One of the major highlights of this year’s iba event was provided with Lin Yeqiang and Feng Yingjie from China gaining the “The iba.UIBC.CUP of Bakers 2023”.

Teams from a total of 12 countries competed live for the gold medal at this year’s cup at the world’s leading trade fair for the baking and confectionery industry, who competed across three days of strongly-contested heats for the event in Munich, Germany.

Among nations represented were entrants from Peru, Japan, France, China, Greece, Germany, Korea, Iceland, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Italy. The theme for this year’s competition was “The Animal World”, around which contestants had to create breads, small bakery products, party products, Danish pastries, and a baked showpiece.

The competition was one of the highlights of iba, not only for the participants and panel of judges but also for visitors, who were able to cheer on their favourites live on site: making creative and edible works of art in a limited amount of time in front of the panel of judges and many visitors – that was the ultimate challenge facing the top teams.

After an intensive preparation period, which began months prior to the trade fair, “The iba.UIBC.CUP of Bakers” was the crowning finale. “I congratulate all the participants for this outstanding achievement. That was craftsmanship of the highest international level! The competition challenges the bakers to use their skills very precisely without getting flustered. Time is short, tension is high. Every step has to be perfect,” said Michael Wippler, President of the Zentralverband des Deutschen Bäckerhandwerks (central association of German bakers). The showpiece was judged in the bakery before being brought to the presentation table. The baked goods were judged in a transparent manner in the iba.FORUM on every competition day.

The title winners were then announced at the award ceremony in the iba.FORUM at 5:30 pm on Tuesday 24 October. There was great applause when the two winners Lin Yeqiang and Feng Yingjie accepted the coveted award, presented by Michael Wippler and chair of the panel of judges Wolfgang Schäfer. Taking second place were Hwang Seokyong and Han Seokwang from South Korea. Third place went to Nicole and Patrick Mittmann from Germany. The award for “Best Danish pastries” and for the category “Best Bread” also went to Lin Yeqiang and Feng Yingjie from China. Honoured in the “Best Small Bakery Products and Party Products” category were Nicolo Motto and Matteo Manuini from Italy. The prize for best showpiece was won by the German team: Nicole and Patrick Mittmann.

Participants and countries in alphabetical order:
Brazil: Ana Paula de Jesus Santos, Victor Rosseto Duarte Dantas
Chile: Diego Alexis Miranda Fuentes, José Daniel Tapia Orellana
China: Lin Yeqiang, Feng Yingjie
Germany: Nicole Mittmann, Patrick Mittmann
France: Nicolas Callejon, Florian Stephanus
Greece: Charilaos Papalitsas, Dimitrios Fragogiannis
Iceland: Stefan Petur Bachmann Bjarnason, Finnur Gudberg Ivarsson
Italy: Nicolo Motta, Matteo Manuini
Japan: Mizuki Matsuyama, Jumpei Kurihara
Korea: Hwang Seokyong, Han Seokwang
Mexico: Raúl Galván, Diego Suárez
Peru: Valerie Tejada Perea, Jaime Salazar Takiri

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