Baking Team USA, made up of Harry Peemoeller, Mike Zakowski and Jeremey Gadouas, came in second place in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie. Japan came in on top and Taiwan placed third.
During the eight-hour competition, which took place during the Europain tradeshow in Paris on March 5, Peemoeller had to complete a bread sculpture on the theme "Bread: symbol of your country." He chose a Wild West theme with cactus, cowboy hat, locomotive and a wanted poster. New to the competition this year was the savory presentation of sandwiches which were incorporated into the artistic design element. Zakowski was responsible for the baguettes & bread category and Gadouas prepared the viennoiseries
While the team members may (or may not) be slightly disappointed in the second place finish, everyone else was very happy for them. It was a great culmination of almost three years of hard work for the three members. And they placed high enough for the United States to be invited back to the next Coupe du Monde in 2016.
Congratulations, Team USA!