The Baking Association of Australia’s (BAA) 2015 Excellence in Baking competition for apprentice pastry cooks and bakers has kicked off, with Queensland the first cab off-the-rank.
Representing the best up-and-comers in the pastry cook apprentice category were Luke Bullen from Old Fernvale Bakery and Peta Rowbottom from the Sofitel in Brisbane. Baking apprentices included Zeb Gilmore from Yeast2West Bakery, Amos Slade and Haydn Weir from Old Fernvale Bakery, and Conor McNaught from Woolworths.
“All the apprentices competed well and did not have time to stop to catch their breath. In the end, it was a job well done,” BAA executive officer Tony Smith said.
“A special congratulations must go to the Queensland Apprentice Baker for 2015 Connor McNaught and Apprentice Pastry Cook for 2015 Peta Rowbottom.
“We thank Brett Noy for his professional assistance and Mitchell Stewart who now joins the ranks of Queensland mentor to assist younger bakers and pastry cooks in our industry.”
Excellence in Baking is proudly supported by national gold sponsor EOI and allows apprentices to take part in competition locally, without having to travel interstate. In the next six months, apprentices in both categories will compete in individual competition in every state and territory.
Queensland bakers put their best foot forward
The Queensland Baking Show for 2015 has been hailed as a great success from the Baking Association of Australia (BAA), with record sponsor support, increased exhibitors and a larger-than-expected amount for entries.
In fact, more than 65 bakery exhibitors submitted almost 500 pieces of product to be judged at the TAFE Queensland Brisbane Campus. With the addition of two new classes – chocolate showpiece and plated dessert – BAA executive officer Tony Smith said judges from both Queensland and New South Wales had their plate full.
“Pie makers made a mad rush with entries to see if they could gain a place in the pie category for free entry into the National Pie and Pastie competition conducted by the BAA,” he said.
The Queensland Perpetual Trophy was won by Leigton Hutch from Woolworths Warner. Champion Loaf of the Show went to Flour and Bean of Toowoomba with their High Top. Champion Cake of the Show went to Sing Hung Kim from the QLD TAFE, and Matthew Newell of Le Mars Bakery took out the apprentice encouragement award.”
“Thank you everyone for being a part of a wonderful day, especially the sponsors who give so much back to the industry,” BAA national president Stewart Latter (pictured) said.