A team effort by Wurlitzer's staff

HELEN AARTS knows she has happy staff at her family-owned Evans Head bakery.

When she arrives for work at 5am she hears whistling and laughter.

Now the staff at Wurlitzer's have another reason to smile: They won multiple awards for their tasty creations at the recent Norco North Coast National.

Competing against bakers from Port Macquarie to Brisbane, as well as those from throughout the district, the young team at Wurlitzer's impressed judges with their attention to detail and imagination.

First-year apprentice Sarah Briggs, of Goonellabah, impressed judges with her sponge cake, winning first place in that division and scoring second prize for her chocolate mud cake. She also was placed third with her apple pie.

Veteran baker Col Hogan, of Evans Head, grabbed first prize for his white mud cake and a second prize for his torte.

Baker Troy Peel, also from Evans Head, scored third prize for his high top bread.

The youngest baker in the team, Daniel Koper, of New Italy, has been an apprentice for all of three months, yet he was third in the novelty bread division with his sculpted crocodile, competing in an open division against tradespeople who have been baking for decades.

“We have a fantastic staff here,” Helen said.

“We are very proud of them all. They are all pumped and excited now and we are very proud of Daniel. He has many good teachers.”

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