The Netherlands, Russia and France won the Europe Selection

The prize giving on the 28th August, that marked the end of the Europe selection challenges, was an emotion-filled event at the Barrière Casino in Lille (France). On this occasion, the candidates had the honour of receiving a standing ovation from the excited crowd and were congratulated by eminent individuals like the mayor of Marcq-en-Baroeul (the birth place of Lesaffre) and the Swedish consul.

In addition to the adrenalin and the pressure that weighed heavy on the candidates, we will also remember the sense of fair play and the spirit of solidarity that carried them to the end of the competition.



Focus on the winners 

  • The team from the Netherlands showed it was truly inspired and knew how to convince the jury members it was ready to go on to the Coupe du Monde.
  • The Russian team was exclusively made up of women. As well as this specific point, which delighted the jury, these candidates showed dynamism, efficiency and inventiveness…a good recipe for getting noticed.
  • Finally, the French team scored its great return to the podium thanks to an excellent level in each of the three specialities.

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The prize for the young bakery hopefuls

In a second place tie: Rianne KUIJNTJES (the Netherlands) and Raquel VANBEEK (Spain).

The food critic’s prize

This was the 1st time our Michelin-starred chef from the Val d’Auge, Christophe Hagnerelle, had experienced the competition. He was deeply impressed by the diversity of bread making in Europe and his heart was won over by … Sweden.

Photo by © Clémentine Bejat