Rising to the challenge

The A ustralian Bakery World Cup team will find out on 21 June if they have been selected to compete at the 2012 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (Bakery World Cup).

The Australian team earned third place at the Louis Lesaffre Cup Asia Pacific round in Canton, China, behind Japan and South Korea in May.

The third place makes the team one of six ‘challengers’ that can potentially be selected by the competition organising committee to compete in the World Cup.

The Australian team believes that based on the circumstances involved and adversity they faced, they have a good chance of being selected to compete in 2012.

Australian team captain, Brett Noy said that he was “extremely proud” of how he and team members Trevor Sims and Robert Howard performed in China. The local conditions in Canton placed the team under extreme pressure, with much of the team’s equipment and ingredient needs were “lost in translation”, Mr Noy said.

“It was the hardest eight hours I have ever done. It was the most stressful experience of my life. I don’t know if I will experience pressure like that again,” he said.

The Australian team received a special mention from the Louis Lesaffre Cup organisers following the competition.

“Being the first time this team has competed, it has certainly proved its worth in a very high- level round,” the organisers said.

Mr Noy said the team’s involvement in the competition was a “very good story for Australia”.

In the coming months the team will share its recipes with the baking community.

“The team would like to sincerely thank all our sponsors, supporters, committee and members of Southern Cross Baking Group for their kind and generous support,” Mr Noy said.

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