China: Shanghai Young Bakers showcase the art of making French bread and pastries
Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) is a Chinese NGO supported by Solidarity Accor since 2013. Its mission is to train underprivileged young Chinese in baking professions, a sector in high demand in China. Today, 32 young people take extremely technical courses on how to make bread and pastries. The popularity of the programme is evident in the nearly 100% success rate of its graduates.
In March, SYB created several new initiatives to highlight its students’ tremendous work:
- On Monday 16 March, the Louis Lesaffre Cup regional baking contest was held in Shanghai, with 20 candidates from East and Central China presenting an original pastry creation. The young participants had the chance to receive feedback and advice from an exceptional jury composed of baking and pastry professionals. Zhang Zheng Hai, SYB professor and former student of the association, won the very first award in the Baguette category, giving him the chance to represent his region in the national competition in May in 2015.
- On Thursday 19 March, SYB participated in “Goût de France / Good France”, an international event that showcases French cuisine by asking restaurants from around the world to serve a dinner that features typically French food. During the launching ceremony, that took place at the Consular residence, the Consul Mr Emmanuel Lenain asked SYB to make the bread.
Through its participation in these two events, SYB has demonstrated its desire to stay in touch with the real-world market. In April, the association launched its first intensive French baking training programme aimed at the general public.