Israelis are Europe's baking
Europe's baking champions
Leaving culinary powers like
France and Germany behind, Israeli team takes first place in 2012
Bread Baking Cup in Rimini, Italy
01.31.12, 14:49 /
The Israeli team took the first
place in the European 2012 Bread Baking Cup over the weekend, beating
culinary powers like France and Germany and leaving countries like
Portugal and Britain far behind.
The competition, held in Rimini
Fiera in Italy, included four different categories. Israel won two of
them: Innovative Bread with a Health Focus and Baked
In the first category, the Israelis
prepared a modern version of pita bread with falafel. They baked green
pita bread (with spinach), filled it with cheese balls coated with
pistachio, and sprinkled yogurt sauce on top.
For dessert, the team prepared Black
Forest-style strawberry and fruit brioche.
In the Traditional Bread category, the Israelis came in second after
serving the judges whole-wheat bread with eggplant and Pecorino
In the last category, Artistic Bread
Centerpiece, the bakers created a tambourine alongside Jacob's Ladder
and the angels, but were only ranked fourth.
The team captain was baker Eli
Avraham, and other member included pastry chef Eran Schwarzbard,
artistic bread designer Osnat Lipson and baker Alex
"We prepared for the
competition for a long time, making many changes in the pastries until
we came up with the perfect recipes," said team trainer Jacky
Hazan, the bakers and pastry chefs' representative at the Israel Chef
Association. "This victory proves that Israeli chefs and bakers
are at the forefront in the world."
The German team took the second place in the championship, while
Australia came in third.