Country will be represented at competitive bake off

Costa Rica has a special team of bakers ready to compete in the World Cup of Baking 2012 in Paris from March 3 to March 7, said the director of the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje during a press conference Tuesday. The team will be joined by one from the United States and one from Perú, all representing the Americas.

They are three of 12 participating countries in what Fabrice Delloye, the French ambassador to Costa Rica, referred to as the “biggest fair in the world, according to France.”

This is the 19th edition of the international baking
contest where Japan, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Senegal, Italy, South Korea, Thailand and the host country of France will participate.

The teams compete in the categories of bread, chocolate, and pastries. The panel of judges score on taste, teamwork, and competition.

The competition is the World Cup of baking said Pablo Esparza, president of Lesaffre Group, a yeast manufacturer. And just like the sport there are eliminations. Costa Rica placed third in Las Vegas last year, he said.

The national institute trains bakers among other job categories.

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