Young bakers on the rise to prove their baking skills in national competition

Thursday 5 May, 2016

  • 2016 LA Judge Award to be presented to Australia’s best young baker on May 19
  • Six competitors from around the country to vie for national baking recognition
  • Don’t miss out: tickets for gala award evening still available

LA Judge 2015 competitors

Six young bakers on the rise from around the country are about to prove they have what it takes to compete for the prestigious LA Judge Award.

The LA Judge Award is hosted by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) at its Sydney baking laboratory. The 2016 prize will be presented to the best young baking apprentice in Australasia following three days of rigorous competition between 17-19 May.

Award organiser and AEGIC General Manager – Research and Technical Services Dr Ken Quail said the LA Judge Award was the most esteemed annual baking prize in Australasia.

“The competitors will be put through their paces in all aspects of baking, including practical baking exercises, technical knowledge, food safety and communication skills,” he said.

“The competitors will also have a chance to really show off their creative baking skills as they each construct their own special ‘bread plaques’.”

The theme for this year’s bread plaques will be “The Olympics” to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic Games later this year. The plaques will be on display during the Gala Dinner and Award Presentation, along with other products baked during the competition.

The Gala Dinner and Award Presentation will be held at Dockside Sydney on Thursday May 19, presented in conjunction with CW Pacific. Tickets will be on sale until Friday May 13 (or until sold out). The guest speaker will be baking industry stalwart Dean Tilden.

2016 LA Judge Award competitors

VICTORIA
Ben Werner: Tatura Hot Bread

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Cameron Wallace: Bakers Delight Mt Gambier

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Damien McIntosh: Bakers Delight Palmerston

QUEENSLAND
David Hasler: Jaspers on Weyba

TASMANIA
Jarrod Gaye: Tempt Bakery Café

NEW SOUTH WALES
Zachary Wren: Bakers Delight Tamworth

2016 LA Judge Award judges

  • Patrick Villepinte: South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Jeff Fielke: MAURI ANZ
  • John Baker: TAFE Illawarra (retired)

THE LA JUDGE AWARD IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT EVENT HELD ANNUALLY TO SUPPORT UP-AND-COMING YOUNG BAKERS. THE EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT SPONSORSHIP SUPPORT FROM THE BAKING INDUSTRY.

AEGIC ACKNOWLEDGES THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE SPONSORS OF THE 2016 LA JUDGE AWARD:

DINNER SPONSOR: CW Pacific

MAJOR SPONSOR: Lesaffre Asia Pacific

MAJOR SPONSOR: Manildra Group

SUPPORTING SPONSOR: Australian Bakels

SUPPORTING SPONSOR: MAURI anz

SUPPORTING SPONSOR: Frutex Australia

SUPPORTING SPONSOR: Mackies and WP Reedy

MEDIA SUPPORTER: Australasian Baker Magazine