Bakers blitz show with award winning bread and cakes
AN EVANS Head bakery has steamrolled the competition at the North Coast National, with its bakers taking out an astonishing 48 awards yesterday.
Wurlitzer Bakery bakers Priyanka Mishra, Sarah Briggs, Ben Briggs, Luke Perry, Janos Labadi and apprentice Jodie Soloman spent Monday night baking up a storm before submitting their entries on Tuesday to the critical eye and tastebuds of judges from the National Baking Association.
And they blitzed it.
"We walked away with 48 awards as well as awards in both the apprentice cake and bread section," owner Helen Aarts said.
"I'm so proud of my bakers; every one of them got an award, it wasn't just the odd one or two.
"Last year we went in it and won 27 awards and I said 'how on earth would you ever be able to top that'.
"I think I'm still in another world.
"I guess we really had good judges," she joked.
The team was judged from among 26 other bakeries across the North Coast.
Apprentice outdoes qualified bakers
Third-year apprentice Jodie Soloman clean swept her sections, producing a fruit flan, an inscribed birthday cake, and six novelty cupcakes, to win the best cake section and three different loaves including a stellar wholemeal Vienna to win the breads.
Jodie also went in the open section and managed to take out an additional award, baking out fully qualified bakers.
Wurlitzer's Priyanka Mishra also won the overall cake section across the whole competition.
Passion is the secret
The secret of her team's success was passion and teamwork, according to Ms Aarts.
"I've got passionate bakers, they're all team players and we only ever go in the one show," Ms Aarts said.
"When it comes around they all put their thinking caps on for the month prior to it and come in and do their baking.
"When we do the show they all bond together, there's laughing their smiles.
"I'm just so lucky I've got this team of people."