The Jakarta Post
Renowned culinary expert William Wongso appears in this undated photograph. William, who received an honorary award during the recent Masters de la Boulangerie 2018 in Paris, is the only Indonesian member of the Elite de la Boulangerie International (EBI). (William Wongso's Instagram/File)
Indonesian culinary expert William Wongso has been awarded the Medaille d`Honneur (medal of honor) by the Academie du Pain on Saturday in Paris, France.
With the award, William is now a member of the prestigious culinary club Elite de la Boulangerie International (EBI).
William told Antara news agency that he was proud to become a member of EBI, as the only way to become a member was by invitation.
The EBI has 33 current members, all of whom are said to be the crème de la crème of bakers. William is the only Indonesian member of the EBI.
William received the award while participating as a judge in the Masters de la Boulangerie 2018 bakery competition, which ran from Feb. 3-6 in Paris. William was among the six judges led by jury president Johan Sorberg that selected the best bakers in three categories: Nutritional Bread Making, Gourmet Baking and Artistic Bread Making.
The Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer (VITO) country manager for France, Eka Moncarre, said in a press release that although Indonesian bakers had yet to participate in the master baker competition, the country had now been represented by William.
Eka expressed her hope that William’s achievement could inspire the young culinary generation to work hard toward winning a global competition. (jes/kes)