Talented young bakers will go head to head next week in Australasia’s most prestigious annual baking competition.
Every year, baking apprentices converge on Sydney for three days of friendly but intense competition – each vying for the coveted LA Judge medal.
The competition returns this year and will feature candidates working in bakeries in Kirkwood, Queensland; The Northern Beaches, Queensland; Devonport, Tasmania and Belmont, Western Australia.
LA Judge Award director Dr Ken Quail said the competition was established in 1967 by the Bread Research Institute of Australia – now AEGIC Sydney – as a way of celebrating young bakers.
“This is the Australian baking industry’s way of promoting excellence among bakers and encouraging future industry leaders,” he said.
“The competition concludes with a gala dinner and award ceremony attended by major industry players.
“It’s a fantastic chance for the baking industry to join together to support the young men and women who will take this industry into the future.
“It’s also a unique opportunity for each competitor to meet current industry leaders and make important connections.”
The competition is held at AEGIC Sydney and involves rigorous baking trials, theory assessments and presentations over three days. At the end of the contest, the candidates bake a special “bread plaque” and various other baked goods to be displayed during the gala dinner.
Dr Quail said the competition relied on the support of industry sponsors.
“AEGIC sincerely thanks all the industry sponsors who have made it possible to run the LA Judge Award for more than 50 years.”
The 2022 LA Judge Award runs from 10-12 May 2022. The gala dinner and award ceremony will be held Thursday 12 May.
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AEGIC is an investment of the Australian Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).