Here they are, the 31 finalists in the 2018 Baking Industry Awards!

Our expert judges have trawled the ocean of talent in the baking industry over the past few months to select the finalists in nine awards categories.

The winning products, people and businesses will be announced on 5 September at the London Hilton on Park Lane in a glittering ceremony hosted by TV presenter and all-round entertainer Stephen Mulhern. If you haven’t yet booked your tickets, see below for how to do so.

The 2018 Baking Industry Awards finalists are:

Baker of the Year

  • Aidan Chapman, Flint Owl Bakery
  • Aidan Monks, Lovingly Artisan
  • Paul Rhodes, Paul Rhodes Bakery

Bakery Innovation Award

  • Botanical Breads, Cinnamon Square
  • Mince Pie Croissant, Paul UK
  • Satin Vegan Cake Mixes, Puratos

Celebration Cake Business of the Year

  • Browns Cakes
  • Elaine’s Creative Cakes
  • Shuga Budz

Free-from Bakery Product of the Year

  • Belgian Chocolate Twists, Village Bakery
  • Boss Bagels, Rana’s Artisan Bakery
  • Coffee & Walnut Cake, Liza Bakes

Speciality Bread Product of the Year

  • 1946 White Sourdough Boule, Bells of Lazonby
  • Malted Sourdough, Poppyseed Bakery & Bexhill Farm Kitchen
  • Slow Roast Tomato, Olive and Marjoram Ciabatta, Alex Gooch Artisan Baker

Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year

  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Tesco

The Craft Bakery Business Award

  • Clams Handmade Cakes – Regional Winner, Wales
  • Flower and White – Regional Winner, Midlands
  • Genesis Crafty – Regional Winner, Northern Ireland
  • Just Desserts Yorkshire – Regional Winner, North
  • Paul Rhodes Bakery – Regional Winner, South East
  • Warrens Bakery – Regional Winner, South West
  • Wm. Stephens – Regional Winner, Scotland

The Customer Focus Award

  • Fabricake Sugarcraft
  • Maison du Pain
  • Village Bakery

The Rising Star Award

  • Sophie Braker, The National Bakery School
  • Emma Kelly, Sheffield College
  • Jessica Smithson, Country Style Foods

There is no finalist list for the Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry category.

How to book tickets:

When: Wednesday 5 September

Where: Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London

Tickets: £290 a ticket / table of 10: £2,625 / half table of five: £1,350

Tickets sell out, so apply early to or tel: 01293 846593

(Finalists and a guest attend free)