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Eight finalists have been selected in the first-ever National Festival of Breads bread-baking competition, organized by King Arthur Flour and Kansas Wheat. More than 500 home bakers from around the country entered the National Festival of Breads, which seeks the best original bread recipes from home bakers throughout the United States.
A panel of ten technical judges and twenty-three test bakers selected finalists in four categories:
Gloria Piantek, West Lafayette, Indiana – Bacon Onion Baby Brioche
Each finalist receives airfare to and accommodations in Wichita, Kan., to participate in national competition events June 15-17, 2009.
Finalists will bake-test their recipes on site in Wichita on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Judging will be based on taste, originality, ease of preparation, healthfulness, and appearance. In addition, each finalist will receive a $500 cash award, as well as a Wheat Harvest Tour and a visit to a working Kansas wheat farm, grain elevator, and flour mill.
One Grand Prize Winner chosen in Wichita will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a baking class of her choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vt., plus $2,000 cash.
“We were pleased at the number of home bakers who entered from across the United States. We had bakers from nearly every state,” said Cindy Falk, Kansas Wheat Commission Nutrition Educator and contest coordinator. “There was such a variety of flavors, herbs, and other ingredients; everything from green tea to crystallized ginger and many different types of cheeses and meat fillings.”
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