Bakers place in France
Two bakers from Taiwan have finished third and fourth in the 2014 Bakery Masters competition held Monday through Wednesday in France. Lin Kun-wei (林坤緯), 32, ranked third in the Viennese pastry category, with a vanilla pineapple brioche made with pineapples from Tainan and a honey caramel brioche using preserved orange peel. Huang Wei-hsun (黃威勳), 37, ranked fourth in the artistic piece category, with an entry featuring Taiwanese and Buddhist elements. Lin and Huang were on Taiwan’s 2012 Bakery World Cup team, which finished third. In 2010, Taiwan’s Wu Pao-chun (吳寶春) won the Bakery Master title for the bread category. The Bakery Masters is held every four years.
Agency IDs toasted cash
A Taiwanese businessman has managed to redeem NT$320,000 (US$10,550) in cash that was partially burned in a fire in Vietnam, with the help of forensic experts at Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau, the bureau said yesterday. The case was the first in which the bureau helped to examine notes damaged overseas. The man, surnamed Lu (呂), suffered losses when his furniture factory in Vietnam was destroyed by fire in December last year, the bureau said, including NT$2 million in Taiwanese and foreign currencies. Because Vietnamese authorities lacked the expertise to examine fire-damaged banknotes, Lu turned to the Investigation Bureau for help. Forensic experts spent weeks restoring the bills with the help of specialized equipment and determined a value of NT$328,200. Since 1973, the Investigation Bureau has accepted 3,721 requests for the examination of damaged bills worth a total of NT$165.99 million, according to its statistics.