Young British Bakers get a Slice of Glory!
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:37

LolaStars of the bread-baking world from across the UK gathered in London last night Tuesday 8 October 2013 for the announcement of the winners of the first-ever Tiptree World Bread Awards www.worldbreadawards.com


At a harvest supper-style awards ceremony at St John’s Church, Hyde Park, Alex Waugh, Director-General of Nabim (National Association of British & Irish Milers) was delighted to hand the trophies for the Grainchain.com Young Baker category to Lola Willingham,7, (Under 12 section) for her Chocolate Buns and Kyle Russell-Day,15, (12-17 section) for his Raisin & Stilton Loaf.

They won a personal bread-baking master class at The Kids Cookery School, London with Yann Legallais, Head of Production at Flour Power City, and also £250-worth of cookery equipment for their schools from Waitrose.

“The standard was very impressive,” says Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris and Chair of the Judges which included Edd Kimber, winner of the Great British Bake Off and the legendary baker Charles Geary known as Mr Bread. “We had very exacting criteria for judging, and every loaf was judged anonymously.”

Lola and Kyle beat off competition from around the United Kingdom to take their crowns, with some loaves even being flown from Cornwall and hand-delivered on the morning of the judging at the Worshipful Company of Bakers, to ensure peak freshness.

The Tiptree World Bread Awards, launched in January of this year, seek to celebrate the very best of British bread baking. With 12 million loaves sold in the UK every day, it is an industry that certainly deserves to be celebrated. “It is wonderful that young people are taking up baking bread with such enthusiasm,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Awards. “Paul Hollywood, beware!”

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Editors’ Notes:

Grainchain.com Young Baker Under 12
Winner: Lola Willingham, 7, Chocolate Buns, Wordsworth Primary School, Southampton
Runner Up: Sophie Philpot, 8, Honey & Sunflower Seed Rolls, Barleylands Cookery School, Essex

Grainchain.com Young Baker 12-17
Winner: Kyle Russell-Day, 15, Raison & Stilton Loaf, The Chauncy School, Ware, Hertfordshire
Runner Up: Joanna Harold, 12, Plaited Wreath, South Charnwood High School, Markfield, Leicestershire

•    Tiptree is headline sponsor of the World Bread Awards. The first Tiptree preserves were made in 1885 and Tiptree jams and preserves are now sold across the world, many of them made with fruit still grown on their farms in Essex www.tiptree.com

•    Grainchain.com, sponsor of the Grainchain.com Young Baker category, is an educational resource for children aged 5-16 to learn more about healthy eating and gain an insight into the ‘field to fork’ cycle of how wheat is grown and used to produce a range of flour-based products including bread www.grainchain.com

•    Through a combination of bold, fun cooking programmes, Food Network UK offers must-see foodie shows from a host of celebrated culinary enthusiasts including British favourites Andy Bates, Lotte Duncan and Reza Mahammad, US content including the Emmy-award winning Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten www.foodnetwork.co.uk  

•    Associated charity is Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), the leading charity providing food, farming and countryside education to children, through practical, interesting and enjoyable activities in the classroom and on farms www.face-online.org.uk

•    The judging panel: Karen Barnes, Editor, Delicious, Charles Campion, Food Critic, MasterChef, Aidan Chapman, Master Baker, Phoenix Bakery and River Cottage, Xanthe Clay, Food and Cookery Writer, Daily Telegraph, Luke Collings, Director, Cake & Bake Show, Leeanne Cooper, Editor Making Cakes & Bakes, Duncan Glendinning, founder and mastermind behind The Thoughtful Bread Company, Rachel Green, Chef and Campaigner, Emmanuel Hadjiandreiou, School of Artisan Food, author How to Bake Bread, Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, MD Dickinson & Morris, Fiona Hamilton-Fairley, Founder and Principal, The Kids Cookery School, Linda Hewett, Home Baker, Tutor and Broadcaster, Ceri James, Acting Group Editor, Great British Food Magazine, Laura James, Brand Ambassador, AGA, Vanessa Kimbell, Specialist in Sourdough. Juniper and Rose Kitchen Garden School, Edd Kimber, The Boy Who Bakes, winner Great British Bake Off, Martyn Leek, Editor, British Baker, Adam Leyland, Editor, The Grocer, Sue McMahon, Cookery Editor, Woman’s Weekly, Hannah Marriage, Marriage’s, The Master Millers, Tom Molnar, CEO, GAIL’s, James Morton, author Brilliant Bread, the Great British Bake Off, series 3 finalist, Jack Prince, The Pocket Bakery, Peter Sidwell, Chef, Author, cookery school and restaurant owner, Eleni Tzirki, Bread Tutor, Waitrose Cookery School, Phil Vickery, TV Chef, Alex Waugh, Director General, National Association of British & Irish Millers and Andrew Whitley, founder of The Village Bakery and Real Bread Campaign.

•    Partners of Tiptree World Bread Awards are:

o    Real Bread Campaign http://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/
o    Flour Power City www.flourpowercity.co.uk
o    Waitrose Cookery School http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/waitrose_cookery_school.html
o    The Kids Cookery School www.thekidscookeryschool.co.uk

•    The Food Awards Company Ltd, a sister company of Kenyon Communications, award-winning specialists in both food PR and in delivering national awards, is owner of Tiptree World Bread Awards 2013