In January 2020, for the first time Europain will be held at the Paris Porte de Versailles venue in France and will be proud to host two exceptional contests. Indeed, the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie and Coupe Europe de la Pâtisserie will bring together the best representatives in their trades from Europe and around the world.

The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s Team USA — comprised of Nicolas Zimmermann (artistic design), Kate Goodpaster (viennoiserie), Jerod Pfeffer (baguettes/specialty breads), and Nicky Giusto (coach) — is Paris bound.

The team will compete in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, or World Cup of Baking, in Paris, France, on Jan. 11-14, 2020. The Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie is an international, invitational artisan baking competition held in Paris every three to four years. Team USA team members will represent the United States as part of a three-member team sponsored by the Bread Bakers Guild of America.

Created in 1992 by Christian Vabret (holder of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France distinction), the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie is at the same time an incubator for international trends, a laboratory of talents, and a source of inspiration and creativity.

From Jan. 11-14, 2020, 12 teams composed of three members, among the best in the world in their trade, will compete in four tests:

  • Baguette and breads of the world
  • Sweet viennoiseries
  • Artistic creation
  • Gourmet baking (test performed in common by the three members of the team)

The 12 participating teams are the winners of the regional preselection rounds that were held in the five major zones of the world: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and America. South Korea was the winner of the previous edition of the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie 2016.

Europain will take place Jan. 11-14, 2020, at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, in France.

For the Coupe Europe de la Pâtisserie, 2020 will be remarkable in several respects. After Geneva and Turin, the travelling event continues its journey for a stopover in Paris. For the first time since its creation, the event will take place in the heart of the capital.

Eight teams selected from all over Europe will challenge each other on Jan. 12-13, 2020, in an exceptional show. They will need to draw on their very best skills and talents in order to win a ticket for the world grand finale that will be held on Jan. 24-25, 2021, as part of the Sirha Lyon trade fair.

This European round is one of the most challenging in the selection process and has revealed new nations on the pastry scene. It is also an event that is continually renewing itself. In this respect the rules and regulations of the contest are being updated and the new points and aspects will be presented later this year in September.


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