Chef Laurent Branlard will be a member of the jury that will select Team USA 2019.
Branlard is the executive pastry chef for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. A native of France, Laurent Branlard is a highly accomplished pastry chef who holds the distinction as the only two-time winner of the World Pastry Team Championship.
He captained Team USA to victory in 2008 after previously winning in 2002. Laurent Branlard and Team USA defeated the top chefs from competing nations in a challenging 2-day, 13-hour competition that tested the team’s culinary ability and artistic skills. In between his world titles, he held the honor of serving as a judge for the pastry championship competition and coaching Team USA in the 2006 World Pastry Competition to a bronze medal.
Tryouts for Team USA 2019 will be held August 14-15, 2017, at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.