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Queensland Youngsters Take Out Bake Skills Champio...

Queensland Youngsters Take Out Bake Skills Championship

Apprentice bakers from each state came together at Fine Food Australia to compete in a live bakery challenge across 26 different product categories, including specialty and artisan breads, baguettes, pretzels, croissants, pastries, macarons, gourmet pies and centrepieces made from bread and chocolate.

Apprentice bakers from each state came together at Fine Food Australia to compete in a three-day live bakery challenge, with Queensland pair Nathan Rigby and Zachery Nikov stealing the show with their Australiana-themed showpiece.

Visitors had the opportunity to watch the five teams vie for the Bake Skills green jacket, working in 26 different product categories including specialty and artisan breads, baguettes, pretzels, croissants, pastries, macarons, gourmet pies and centrepieces made from bread and chocolate.

Not only were Nathan (Baking Industry Training Australia) and Zachery (Bannerton Bakery) awarded champion team, they also took out individual awards; the Lesaffre Bread and Yeast Goods Champion for best young baker and the EOI Cake and Pastry Champion for best young pastry chef. The pair also received a gold medal for their Official Great Aussie Gourmet Pie entry, a Kangaroo Bushman’s Pie.

The judging team – Michael Klausen (Brasserie Bread), Jake Lowing (Patties Foods), Sergio Soria (Lesaffre), Pascal Janvier (Cacao Barry) and Leif Madsen (EOI) – was impressed with the competitors’ efforts under pressure, with Leif saying the Queensland team’s special occasion cake and bread model were particularly noteworthy.

“The new format of Bake Skills had its challenges and, as always, there were products that could have been better. But there were some impressive products produced over the three days. Looking at this year’s competition, I would encourage those entering next year to use all the resources available and include a time management plan in their training,” Leif said.

“By competing in the unique environment that is Bake Skills, all competitors learn from their experience and most go back to their employers as better tradespeople.

“Look at what some of the past winners have achieved, such Kirsten Tibballs, who has gone on to create a wonderful business for herself with Savour. I understand one of the Queenslander’s has also received a new job offer after the win.”

In addition to the individual prizes, which included two $500 gift vouchers, Nathan and Zachery have won the EOI-Moffat Champion Team trip to Singapore and a short course at the Callebaut chocolate Academy in early 2015.

Team South Australia – Tiffany Song and Matthew Williams – were runners up, with Madelyn Hobson and Elvin Kumar from New South Wales taking out third place.

Queensland team manager Martin Schett said the boys’ commitment to training on their days off helped them develop new skills and learn to perform under pressure.

“A lot of attention to perfection and detail was required to ensure they got the highest point score on all their products. We did a lot of training together at Baking Industry Training Australia put in to perfect the recipes and the final products,” he said.

Martin said the Queensland team realised the Australiana theme by incorporating as many local ingredients as possible.

“The special occasion cake and the bread display piece were reflecting that theme as well. The cake was a sunset in the outback with a moulded kangaroo and koala, and the bread display piece was a rainforest tree stump with a 50cm wide dragonfly on top,” he said.

“The baker made a rye and sunflower sourdough bread, a white sourdough bread, pretzels, some in a shape of butterflies and boomerangs, croissants and also baguettes, which were then made into sandwiches with a kangaroo steak and bush tomato chutney.”

“A very special thank you to event partners EOI, Moffat, Callebaut and Fine Foods, as well as major sponsors Lesaffre Australia Pacific, Chefs Pride, Allstates DCP Marketing Services for their assistance, as without them, this opportunity would not be possible,” 2014 Bake Skills Australia National Teams Competition committee spokesperson Craig Perry said.


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