Mondial du Pain 2023


Mondial du Pain 2023

The Bread Bakers Guild of America is excited about participating in the 9th Mondial du Pain. This will be the third time The Bread Bakers Guild will sponsor a team in the competition.

The Guild is officially beginning the application and selection process for USA competitors at the Mondial du Pain held at the International Fair in Saint-Etienne, France in October 2023. The 9th Mondial du Pain (World of Bread Contest) is organized by the Ambassadeurs du Pain.

The World of Bread was designed to assess the professional skills of the participants to demonstrate, through practice, to a wide audience, the evolution and progress of Art Boulanger, give new ideas for gastronomy, nutrition and stimulate young profession. Great importance is attached to the preparation of neat, balanced and diverse breads, and also to an attractive presentation.

How Mondial du Pain Differs from the
Coupe du Monde de Boulangerie

The Mondial du Pain is similar to the Coupe du Monde in that the team is required to present a variety of Bread and Viennoiserie as well a showpiece within an 8 hour time frame. However, it differs in that the team for the Mondial du pain is comprised of only one lead baker Candidate and a Commis (assistant) as opposed to a three person team. The commis' role is to work as a support to the lead baker during the competition, not to work separately from the lead bakery as an independent competitor.

The batch sizes are smaller in the Mondial du Pain than in the Coupe du Monde but the number of different products is similar. Another major difference is that the showpiece is smaller and is not made during the actual competition. It is made in advance close to the competition date and then transported to the competition. After the baking is completed, there are an extra 30 minutes at the end of the competition in which the teams assemble the finished piece.

Like the Coupe du Monde, preparing for the Mondial du Pain requires a tremendous amount of dedication, commitment and hard work. It is also an incredible learning experience in which the competitors learn and grow in the craft.

Guild Competition Mission Statement

  • To foster goodwill and promote education in the field of artisan baking throughout the world.
  • To demonstrate to the world that American professionals have evolved to a high degree of baking ability and have established a tradition based on ethnic diversification while remaining uniquely “American".
  • To instill pride and to provide leadership and education to artisan bakers and bread lovers all over America.


Qualifications to Apply

The candidates should apply as a team consisting of a Candidate and a Commis.

Here is a copy of the rules from the 2021 Mondial du Pain competition. These will give you an idea of what the competition entails.

Selecting the candidates is only the first step of the process. If selected as one of the two members, you will be required to uphold your responsibility to the team by practicing on your own time and attending regular practices. Initially these official practices (2 full sessions producing your entire product line on both days) will be once per month and then will become more frequent as the competition gets closer. Please be sure that you are able to commit the time necessary before going through the application process. If you are selected as a member you will also need to be willing and able to commit no less than two consecutive weeks of time to travel to France for the Mondial du Pain.

All Applicants must be active members of
The Bread Bakers Guild of America

In order to comply with the official rules of the Mondial du Pain 2023, we will be following the same rules for our selection process. 

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

Candidate must be over age 25 on January 1, 2023
Commis must be under age 22 on January 1, 2023

The Candidate must be a baker resident of the USA and have 5 years minimum experience.
The Commis must be a resident of the USA.

The Bread Bakers Guild will provide a coach to train with and go with the selected team to France in October of 2023 after the initial selection process.  Expenses for the trip to France for the Mondial du Pain will be covered by the Ambassadeurs du Pain and The Bread Bakers Guild of America (travel, accommodations, and meals).

Application Deadline:
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Please download forms to apply:


Please send any questions regarding application process to:

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