Some of the country’s best and brightest young bakers and pastry cooks will put their hand up for selection in the next month to represent their training organisation.
The Bake Skills Australia National teams competition selection process is currently underway, with Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria expected to announce their teams by mid-May.
Competition is expected to be particularly intense at Regency College, South Australia, where two talented 18 to 25-year-olds will attempt to defend the National Champions title, won by Matt Thorpe and Olivia Lutze in 2012.
While competition is tough and practice hours are long, Allstates DCP Marketing Services manager Craig Perry said the champion’s green jacket is a worthwhile pursuit.
“There are terrific awards on offer for the winning team. Last year’s winners were offered a spot on a fabulous trip to Africa to visit the Callebaut chocolate plantations, along with 30 other esteemed chefs, bakers and pastry chefs,” Craig said.
“The 2011 champions enjoyed a fantastic seven-day EOI-Moffat-backed trip to Europe, where they attended the Bakery World Cup and spent days at both the Lesaffre bakery centre at Lille and the Callebaut chocolate academy in Belgium.”
The 2012 national champions will also enjoy an overseas trip; this time to Singapore, where they will attend the Food Hotel Asia show and see the Asian Pastry Cup in action.
As in past years, competitors will face a four-day production schedule at the Fine Foods Australia event. Here, competitors will work across 26 different product categories including standard, specialty and artisan breads, croissants, brioche, several pastry products, special occasion cakes, fruit flans, desserts and premium chocolate offerings. Teams must also submit an entry into the Official Great Aussie Pie competition and prepare chocolate and bread models for inclusion in their theme display.