LA Judge Award Competition

Australasia’s most prestigious annual baking prize recognises the best young baking apprentice in Australia and New Zealand.

Each year bakers who are just about to finish – or have recently finished – their apprenticeship compete for the honour of the LA Judge title.

Each Australian state, and New Zealand, has the opportunity to nominate a competitor 24 years or younger. These young bakers’ skills are evaluated in areas of practical baking, technical knowledge and communication abilities during the three days of competition.

Recognising these skills ensures the development of a strong baking industry through encouragement of leadership.


  • One candidate to be nominated from each Australian State and Territory, as well as New Zealand.
  • Each candidate must be 24 years of age or younger as of the 1st January in the year of competition.
  • Candidates must not have completed their formal studies more than 12 months prior to 1st January in the year of competition.
  • Employment must be within the baking industry.
  • Must live and work in the State or Territory of nomination.
  • No candidate may compete on more than one occasion.
  • Candidates are nominated through State Baking Associations.

Congratulations Tristan Beisler, winner of the 2019 LA Judge Award for Baking Apprentice of the Year!

Tristan won a five day trip to Belgium to visit the headquarters of Puratos. Congratulations also to runner-up Lydia Horne, who received a trip to Puratos Hong Kong for a two day workshop. Thank you to Major Sponsor and Prize Sponsor Puratos!

Click here to read the media release and view photos from the 2019 event.

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 LA Judge Award