EDMONTON – If you’re a talented Canadian baker who’s up for a challenge, and think you have the skills to test your talents against the world’s best bread-makers, Alan Dumonceaux is looking for you. As chair of the baking program at the Edmonton-based Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and manager of Baking Team Canada, Dumonceaux has put out the call for applications to anyone keen on competing at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerier (Bakery World Cup) in France in 2012. Canada has yet to qualify for this high-pressure bake-off, which consists of three categories — Bread, Artistic and Viennoiserie.
Dumonceaux is taking a similar tact to the team managers who’ve assembled groups of top-notch Canadian chefs for international competition, putting a team together well in advance with coaches, lots of practise time and secured sponsorship. Team members are expected to put in between 500 and 1,000 hours of practise. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. Once assembled, the first challenge is qualifying for the Bakery World Cup at the Louis Lesaffre Cup in Las Vegas (Canada has yet to make it out of this regional competition.) For more information, contact Dumonceaux at [email protected].