Daylan Torres, a senior and originally from Fall River, Mass., will represent the United States in Bakery at the biennial WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. Torres will compete as a member of the WorldSkills USA team, selected and trained by SkillsUSA. The 45th international event will be held August 22-27, 2019.
Torres is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in baking and pastry arts. “I love the creativity, the attention to detail, and the hard work that goes into everything we do. The beauty, the art, and the science all intertwined makes for one beautiful musical that takes my breath away with every product that I make,” he said. His LinkedIn profile states he is "working towards pastry bliss."
In addition to his academics and time spent practicing for the upcoming international competition, he is a prep cook with Bon Appétit Management Company at Roger Williams University. He travels to Chongqing, China with WorldSkills USA to compete in the Belt and Road International Skills Competition May 22-June 1.
Since he was a young boy, Torres gravitated toward the kitchen. "There was something that would always catch my eye," he said. "I pretended to make soups in my grandparents’ back yard out of whatever leaves, weeds and twigs I could scrounge up." He began to discover his passion for baking when he took a cooking class in middle school, but he credits enrolling in culinary arts at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School as changing the course of his life. He graduated in 2016.
Every two years, WorldSkills hosts the world championships of skills, which attracts more than 1,600 competitors from more than 76 countries and regions around the world to compete in more than 50 different trade skills. Considered the best in the world at each trade skill, contestants compete before the public for four days in contests that are run and judged by industry using demanding international standards.
There are 22 members on the WorldSkills USA team. Other occupational areas in which the U.S. plans to compete include Aircraft Maintenance, Autobody Repair, Automobile Technology, Bricklaying, Cabinetmaking, Car Painting, CNC Milling, Cooking, Cyber Security, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanical Engineering CAD, Mechatronics, Plumbing and Heating, Print Media, Restaurant Service, Web Technologies and Welding.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators, public policymakers, employers, teachers, trainers, technical experts, and government officials from around the world will attend this competition.