Pictures of Team USA at Lesaffre Competition
Here are some pictures of the winning breads at the Coupe Louis Lesaffre Competition at IBIE from Team USA. They now go to the Coupe du Monde in 2012 in Paris to compete against 11 other national teams. Background on the competition process is here.
Bread sculpture by Harry Peemoeller, instructor Johnson and Wales, Charlotte, NC
Mike Zakowski, The Baker (Bekjr), Sonoma, CA, with his breads
Pictures of Mike Zakowski's breads.
One of Mike's entries was a loaf with type-80 wheat mixed with white flour and cracked spelt soaked in agave nectar for 12 hours. It was the best bread I had at the entire convention -- I think (there were many great breads). I asked him where he got cracked spelt, since I had never seen it. He said he grinds it himself with a hand grinder. Although he works at Artisan Bakers in Sonoma, he sells his own bread at a farmers' market in Oakland.
I did take pictures of the beautiful viennoiserie made by Jeremey Gadouas, a baker from Bennison’s Bakery, Evanston, IL, but they were too blurry.
Here are a couple of pictures of rye breads made by Jeffrey Hamelman of King Arthur.
Hamelman's 40% rye, it had nuts and dates I think but I may be wrong.
Jeffrey Hamelman in a light moment
Hamelman's 60% rye, one barely viewed on left has sesame seeds.
Hamelman noted that he scores some ryes before proofing, to get more bloom in the oven at the cut. The first one pictured above was scored before proofing.
Images: by Samuel Fromartz