50th LA Judge Award for baking apprentice of the year

Friday 28 April, 2017

Australasia’s most prestigious annual baking prize – the LA Judge Award – will celebrate a very special milestone between 16-18 May, 2017.

The LA Judge Award, which pits young apprentice bakers from across Australia and New Zealand against each other over three days of friendly but intense competition, was established in 1967, which means that the 2017 event will be the 50th anniversary.

Following three days of rigorous competition, a special 50th anniversary retrospective gala dinner will be held on 18 May, 2017 in Sydney, attended by 200 baking industry stakeholders from across Australia.

AEGIC General Manager Research and Technical Services Dr Ken Quail said the 50th LA Judge Award promised to be the biggest and best yet.

“We are really looking forward to paying tribute to all the past winners and candidates over half a century of competition,” he said.

“Reaching this milestone is a fantastic achievement. For 50 years, the LA Judge Award has promoted excellence for young bakers and recognised baking ability and industry knowledge to identify future industry leaders.

“Each year, the three-day LA Judge Award competition culminates in a gala dinner and award evening, which is a fantastic opportunity for the whole Australasian baking industry to come together and celebrate the wonderful young men and women who are the industry’s future.

“For those in the baking industry who have never attended an LA Judge Award gala dinner before – or even if you have – the 50 year anniversary is an unmissable event.”

Dr Quail said the competition was not run at a profit and relied on the support of industry sponsors.

“I would like to sincerely thank all the industry sponsors who have made it possible to run the LA Judge Award for an incredible 50 years.”

Sponsors for the 50th anniversary include:

Gala Dinner Sponsor: Woolworths
Major Sponsor and Prize Sponsor: Puratos
Major Sponsors: Mauri ANZ, Manildra, Le Saffre and Australian Bakels
Supporting Sponsors CW Pacific, ADM Australia and Frutex
Competition break sponsor: Mackies
Media Sponsor: Australasian Baker Magazine

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