Bakers Journal

IBA to host international baking competition, Canadian delegates

July 24, 2023
By Bakers Journal

Photo: © GHM

Munich, Germany – The best bakers from 12 countries will compete for the gold medal at “The iba.UIBC.CUP of Bakers” in Munich as part of IBA, a trade fair for the baking and confectionery industry.

The associations have named their candidates for the international competition. In teams of two, 12 nations will step up to the challenge at the fair. They include the best bakers from Peru, Japan, France, China, Greece, Germany, Korea, Iceland, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Italy.

“Following quite a long break from competition, we now finally have the opportunity at iba 2023 to prove what we can do,” said Patrick Mittmann, who will compete for Germany with his cousin Nicole Mittmann. “We’ve been busy preparing since January 2023. We look forward to testing our skills against the other participants and presenting our work to the jury.”

The competitions start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 22-24) in the show bakeries in Hall A4. Four teams will compete against each other simultaneously each day.

The schedule:
Sunday, Oct. 22: Mexico, Korea, Chile, Italy
Monday, Oct. 23: China, Peru, Greece, France
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Germany, Japan, Brazil, Iceland

Categories are Danish pastries, small bakery and party products and bread. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Visitors will be able to follow the competition live on site. The award ceremony will take place on Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

“We look forward to seeing the best bakers in the world compete live in Munich for ‘The iba.UIBC.CUP of Bakers 2023’ after a five-year break,” said jury chairman Wolfgang Schäfer. “My utmost respect goes to this year’s competitors. It is a real challenge to work under time pressure in front of a live audience and is nothing like being in your own bakery. It will certainly be exciting.”

The trade fair will showcase a wide variety of products and equipment wiht a focus this year on food trends, artisan bakery, health and sustainability, digitalization, turnkey solutions and quality management.

Delegates from the Baking Association of Canada will attend along with bakeries from Canada. To learn more and to register, visit

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