KAOHSIUNG (CNA) — Kaohsiung bakers representing Taiwan at the 6th World of Bread Competition in France won first place and a couple of other accolades in late October, making it the second consecutive time Taiwan has finished first in the biennial competition.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Team Taiwan, made up of coach Wang Peng-chieh (王鵬傑), head baker Chen Yao-hsun (陳耀訓) and assistant Chou Hsiao-chin (周小槿), discussed their bread creations for the competition that took place Oct. 22-24.

Per the rules of the competition, each team was required to make a baguette, sweet bread, artistic bread, a sandwich, national specialty bread, and nutritious bread in 8 hours and 30 minutes.

For its Taiwan-themed bread, head baker Chen said they used many local ingredients, such as pineapples, sesame and a Taiwanese local spice known as “mountain pepper,” all of which complement each other in flavor.

The design of the bread was also rooted in Taiwanese culture, featuring a lion from Taiwan’s traditional lion dance with a red scroll representing good fortune in its mouth, he continued.

Talking about the challenges, Chen said that his team had to adjust to the conditions in Nantes, France, where the competition was held, including the temperature and humidity, all of which had an impact on the making of bread.

This is the second time in a row that Taiwan has won the prestigious event, beating out 17 other teams from countries including France, Japan, China and Germany.

Not only did Taiwan take home the first place for the overall competition, the team also received prizes for the best organic bread and best baker’s assistant.

The best baker’s assistant award was a huge vote of confidence for Chou who only graduated from National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in May. 

By Chen Chi-fong and Kuan-lin Liu