Three members of the Bread Bakers Guild of America including Sonoman Mike “the bejkr” Zakowski will be among 24 bakers from 18 countries who will compete at the Maîtres de la Boulangerie (Bakery Masters) in Paris, France, March 8-12.
The Bakery Masters is an individual, invitational competition requiring the highest level of skill and personal dedication.
Harry Peemoeller of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., will compete in the Artistic Piece category, and Zakowski and Brett Noy of Uncle Bob’s Bakery in Brisbane, QLD, Australia, will both compete in the Bread category.
All three are experienced international competitors. Peemoeller and Zakowski were teammates on Bread Bakers Guild Team USA and won a silver medal in the 2012 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (World Cup of Baking); Noy has competed for Team Australia and has also served as a judge at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie.
“The Bakery Masters is an individual test of endurance and perseverance, a competitive exchange of new ideas and techniques to raise the bar for artisan baking,” said Peemoeller.
Zakowski said, “It’s an honor to be selected to participate in this educational event. The whole thing for me is about pushing the boundaries of baking with new flavors, shapes, and techniques.”
Noy was also excited. “My invitation to compete at the Bakery Masters is certainly the highlight of my baking career. The benefits of such an opportunity are extensive and affect not just my baking but also my life,” he said.
A full list of competitors and a competition schedule may be found at coupelouislesaffre.com/the-competitions/bakery-masters/the-bakery-masters-2014.html.