2012 NZ Young Bread Baker of the Year

16 March 2012

 PRESS RELEASE - 16 March 2012

 In what was an extremely tight competition, Jason Keesing, from Fresh Start Bakeries, Glenfield, Auckland, has won the award of 2012" NZ Young Bread Baker of the Year".

 In winning this award, Jason demonstrated to the judges an ability to excel in three key areas: practical baking, theoretical knowledge of baking technology, and presentation of research. 

 As winner of this year’s award, Jason will have the opportunity to broaden his industry knowledge and experience through a $6,000 research grant.

 This year the judges also considered that the standard was high enough to warrant awarding two further research grants:

 Mark Greaney from Quality Bakers’ Huntly plant was awarded a $4,000 grant for coming a close runner up to the winner and achieving first place in the practical section of the competition.  

 Chieh-Chun Wu (Jimmy) from the in-store bakery at Pak N Save’s, Mill Street, Hamilton Store, was awarded a $2,000 grant.

 The "NZ Young Bread Baker of the Year" award, which is now in its 7th year, is sponsored by the NZ Association of Bakers and once again the judges have been delighted with the quality of the candidates coming through the competition.


For further information, please contact:

Tania Watson
Baking Industry Research Trust
Tel: 021 165 9949
Email: bakingresearch@clear.net.nz