Irish National Baking Team still tops


Photo: DIT team members Michelle O'Connor, Robert Humphries and Dolores Spain with their range of breads and pastries

14 March 2005:  In the 'COUPE D'EUROPE de la BOULANGERIE - European Bakery Cup Competition', held last week in Nantes, the Irish team won yet again!  The team, all of whom are colleagues from DIT's National Bakery School, won the bronze medal and were only narrowly beaten by Switzerland and France who won Gold and Silver respectively.

Derek O'Brien, Head of the National Bakery School at DIT, said "Ireland has once again shown it is one of the best on the European Bakery scene. Our team was placed ahead of 6 other countries and was only narrowly beaten by Switzerland and France, both countries having long traditions in Baking Quality. This is a fantastic achievement for Ireland and Irish Craft bakers. The team has worked closely together and practiced hard, and in doing so they have honed their skills and expertise to the point that Ireland is now recognized as one of the leaders in the European Baking scene.

"The team's task was to produce a range of artisan breads, classicalpastries and an artistic bread piece.  Everything had to be produced in an 8 hour period on the day to a given specification. The theme for this year's Competition was 'A National Monument'.  As their decorative bread piece the Irish team produced a Celtic cross and the Book of Kells, and this was complemented by a range of artisan breads and vinosserie (classical pastries).

The winning team members - all members of staff of the National Bakery School, Dublin Institute of Technology - are:- 

  • Robert Humphries, Artisan Bread specialist, Clane, Co. Kildare- 
  • Dolores Spain, Classical Pastry specialist, Ennis, Co. Clare- 
  • Michelle O'Connor, Artistic Bread specialist, Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry

The Irish International jury member is Jimmy Griffin, President of the Richemont Club Ireland and Griffins Bakery, Galway.

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