BBC3s Young Baker of the Year revealed

30 January, 2012

Winner Oliver Campbell

Tameside College student Oliver Campbell was crowned Young Baker of the Year in the BBC3 programme of the same name last night (Sunday 29 January).

The 17-year-old, from Bolton, impressed the judges with his all-round knowledge, and skills in the areas of pastry, bread- and cake-making and decorating.

The final four bakers to face the judges Gerhard Jenne, founder of London cake chain Konditor & Cook, and cook and writer Gizzi Erskine were, alongside Campbell, former Baking Industry Awards winner Amelia Nutting, Shuga Budz; Robin Biesok, Rank Hovis; and Liverpool Community College student Katy Buckman.

Around 100 applicants auditioned for the series, facing written tests and an interview with a panel of industry experts to ensure their knowledge of bakery was worthy of the national title. Twenty were picked to complete in a hands-on skills test and judges then decided the final four.

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