Judged at the ARA Institute in Canterbury, bakeries from across New Zealand flew in, shipped and hand-delivered their entries to this year’s competition.
Competition manager Dave Bradley thought adding a couple of different products, as well as the traditional chopped fruit category, which was previously held for the holiday rush, could help companies with those extra sales around Christmas time. . Croissants and Stollen were then added for 2022.
This year’s judges were Marcus Braun, Anchor Professional Brand Ambassador, Bruno Falco NZ Bakels Apprentice Tutor and Mat Keys Channel Manager for Bakery at Goodman Fielder.
The Fruit Mince Tart category was won by Buntha Meng and Ketaka Lao of Wild Grain Bakery in Silverdale, Auckland.
The beautiful design and presentation captured the attention of the judges with the perfect balance of flavor and texture helping to seal the win for the Wild Grain Bakery team.
Close behind in second was Simon Bruce of U Bake in Timaru with John Thomsen of Copenhagen Bakery in Christchurch in third.
The Stollen category was won by Frank Janssen and the team from Rangiora Bakery in North Canterbury.
“An excellent complete product” was the response of the judges.
Well balanced flavor, excellent shape, crust and crumb and a fantastic almond trunk, is what made Rangiora Bakery’s Stollen team stand out.
John Kloeg and his team from Ten O’Clock Cookie Bakery and Café in Masterton came in second with Patrick Welzenbach and his team from Daily Bread Auckland in third.
The Croissant category was won by Patrick Welzenbach and his team from Daily Bread in Auckland.
Exceptional lamination, excellent volume, beautiful presentation and flavor is what sets Daily Breads croissants apart from the rest.
Jeremy MacCormack and his team from Bellbird Baked Goods in Christchurch came in second with John Thomsen and his team from Copenhagen Bakery in third.
Congratulations to all the winners, place holders and participants in this year’s competition. The quality was exceptional!
Judging this competition or any competition is not an easy task, so many thanks to the judges for doing an excellent and hard job.
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