Somerset baker Burns the Bread has taken the title of Best West Country Baker in the 2010 Western Bakery Championships, organised by the Western Region of the NAMB.

The company, which has three shops in the county, also won the Open Confectionery Championship held at Bako Western on Sunday 10 October.

The Open Bread Championship was won by The Hot Bread Shop from Alderney in the Channel Islands, while Andrew Fudge from the Uppercrust Bakery in Taunton took the Best Loaf in Show title.

Max Stoddart was named Champion Trainee after winning both the Trainee Bread and the Trainee Confectionery Championship, coming first in five out of the six trainee classes.

The competition included categories for West Country Bakers to show off their skills in producing regional products; West Country Specialties Champion was Williams of Wool.