Brett Mitchell from the New South Wales Central Coast has won Muffin Break’s annual Ultimate Bake-Off competition.
The Terrigal local baker out-baked almost 200 competitors from across Australia and New Zealand to make the Grand Final, which was held in late August in Sydney.
The win is particularly sweet for 22-year-old Brett, who narrowly missed out on taking the top spot last year behind Victorian baker, Nicole McKenzie. This year’s Grand Final Bake-Off runner-up went to Stacey Savage from Muffin Break Traralgon, Victoria.
Brett said he dedicated a great deal of time and effort in preparing for this year’s competition.
“It just goes to show that hard work really does pay off! I take my hat off to Stacey and to the other four grand finalists who each put up an excellent fight, but I can’t say I’m sorry to have nabbed the title for my state,” Brett said.
“Coming so close to tasting victory last year made me all the more hungry to win. I truly love my job and I think my sincere passion for baking just gave me the edge I needed. I am simply ecstatic with my new title.”
With almost eight years of experience as a professional baker, Brett’s attitude and competent skill-set thoroughly impressed the competition judging panel, which included Woman’s Day food director Jennene Plummer and Mars food services representative Karla Duran.
Each of the six Grand Finalists had only one hour to bake and present four muffins, including three high-fibre muffins and a Chocolate Mars muffin from Muffin Break’s Premium Delight Muffins range.
The finalists were judged on their general trade skills, baking knowledge, kitchen-cleanliness, originality and compliance to food-safety standards and product quality.
The bakers were also required to correctly identify spices and dried herbs used in Muffin Break menu items, using only taste and smell.
As well as the glory of holding the ‘Ultimate Baker’ title, Brett has won a Kitchenaid Mixmaster valued at more than $700 and a Visa Gift Card to the value of $1000, which he intends to spend on another of his passions – his car.