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‘It would be great to see more opportunities for young bakers’

Laura Gibbons, a final year bakery and patisserie undergraduate at University College Birmingham and Dawn Foods’ first student ambassador, on the challenges faced by young bakers in a competitive market

‘Being chief executive of Scottish Bakers has been a great honour’

Alan Clarke looks back at seven years as chief executive of industry organisation Scottish Bakers

Gerhard’s blog: Chocolate fantasies

The Great British Bake Off’s (GBBO) semi-final chocolate theme had me hunting for chocolate in my kitchen. 

Winning was amazing, says Ed
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Ask the Expert: The GBBO Final

It’s finally here. After 11 weeks of bad puns, Paul’s stares and piles and piles of cake, bread, biscuit, pastry and meringue, three bakers face their final challenge to determine who will be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off Series 6. We asked the winner of Series 1, Edd Kimber, what it felt like to win and what advice he would give the bakers.

Blog: British Baker visits Signature International Foods in Nashik

Multimedia reporter Ashley Williams travels into rural India to visit Signature International Foods’ bakery in Nashik. There he met managing director Yatin Patel and sales and marketing director for the Indian market Shilpa Agarwal.

Blog: British Baker reports from India

Multimedia reporter Ashley Williams is in Mumbai to examine the differences between the British and Indian bakery markets. Here he talks with the boss of one of India’s leading food distributors.

How Queen Victoria really was partial to a Victoria sponge

Hot on the heels of the Bake Off finale, University of Warwick food historian Professor Rebecca Earle investigates the history of the Victoria sponge.

The Great British Bake Off. Episode ten: The Final

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant takes us through series 7 with an expert eye... Who was crowned champion? Who made a right pavlova of it? Oh... AND SHE'S WRITTEN A SONG ABOUT IT! 

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode nine: Patisserie

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. It's semi-finals week, which brings the loss of a favourite...

The Great British Bake Off. Episode eight: Tudors

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. Prepare thine lute and ruffle, and see which bakers escaped with their heads.

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode seven: dessert

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. It's getting tense in the tent, but who will get their just desserts?

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode five: pastry

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She knows how to bake…well.

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode four: batter

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye… she’s flippin’ great.

Meet the Great British Bake Off contestants

The Great British Bake Off is back for another year this Wednesday on BBC One from 8pm. Twelve amateur bakers, including a pastor, a hairdresser, a nurse and an aerospace engineer are among those set to battle for the bake off crown.

David Smart’s blog: Last one to the bottom wins!

As a race we seem to be like the humble lemming, with the attitude: ‘let’s just jump right off that cliff and, when we do, the dumb-ass behind will just go on and jump right off after us’. Why is that? I’d love to know. 

David Smart’s blog: Graduation class of 2016

david smartYou will be leaving college/university very shortly, and I wanted to be the first to welcome you all the ‘baking business’ - the industry for which you have been studying over the last few years. It is where everything you have been taught within the classroom becomes commonplace within the trade.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

In the last of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

In the second of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

The first of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, as he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

Bake Off Blog: Sam Cam scoops first challenge title

The charity version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, launched last night, pitting celebrities against cake.

David Smart: Benevolence for bakers at Christmas

This is the time of year were we take stock of what we have achieved and enjoyed over the last twelve months.

Blog: Who is winning the battle of the Christmas ads?

With the crucial battle for Christmas sales joined in earnest, British Baker asked marketing expert Mark McCulloch, founder and chief executive of agency WE ARE Spectacular, for his opinion on this year's advertising strategies.

Gerhard’s blog: Happy Days

Teaching one of my master classes last week, I conducted a quick straw poll as to who was going to win this year’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO).

Ask the Expert: GBBO does chocolate

Rich, creamy and intense, chocolate is for many people the ultimate in gastronomic luxury. However, it can be a tricky beast to handle, making it a fitting challenge for the Great British Bake Off semi-final.

Mikael Bougault
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Ask the Expert: GBBO does patisserie

Featherweight sponges, airy creams and crisp pastry – it could only be Pâtisserie Week on The Great British Bake Off.

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The Great British Bake Off is fronted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
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Blog: Is The Great British Bake Off good for the industry? Give us your view

If you type The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) into Google you get a staggering 21 million hits. There can be no doubt the show is a media phenomenon. 

Gerhard’s Blog: Stayin’ Alive

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

Tonight GBBO does desserts including vol-au-vents and frangipane

Ask the Expert: GBBO does pastry

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

Ask the Expert: GBBO does alternatives

With free-from foods in growth, The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants take on the challenge of baking with alternative ingredients. Gregg Woodhead, product development manager at British Bakels, passes on his words of wisdom in our Ask the Expert blog.

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Gerhard discusses last night's Great British Bake Off
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Gerhard’s Blog: Spanische Windtorte

Hot on the heels of last week’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) Baguette challenge came the news from Paris that it is actually very difficult to lay your hands on a genuine French baguette this summer. 

Ask the expert: GBBO does desserts

Patissier Charlotte Marrifield has catered for Her Majesty The Queen, but how would she cook for the king and queen of Bake Off Paul and Mary? We ask for her top tips for the bakers, as tonight they will tackle desserts.

Gerhard’s Blog: Mais non, Mary!

This week’s biggest faux-pas on The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) was served up by none other than Mary Berry, when she accidentally gave away who was going to leave the Bake Off before the show had even aired. 

Ask the expert: GBBO does bread

It’s bread week on the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), so who better to speak to for our #AskTheExpert blog than master baker Wayne Caddy.

Ask the expert: GBBO does biscuits

Tonight the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants enter the tent with a biscuity challenge on their hands - the key to winning, says The Biscuiteers, is all in the preparation.

Series 6 of the Great British Bake Off starts tonight (5 August) on BBC 1
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Ask the expert: GBBO does cake

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is back for series six – with ‘cake’ taking centre stage on BBC1 tonight. But how can the contestants succeed? We spoke to expert Chris Ormrod of Ministry of Cake.

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Bakers should back WeLoveBread in light of SACN's fibre recommendations
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Blog: how to take heart from SACN

Martyn Leek, British Baker editor, breaks today's SACN report down in a way that bakers can take heart from its dietary recommendations. 

Blog: charm your way to a successful bakery Halloween

In this issue of British Baker we have a whole feature lined up for you with in-depth advice on what to do for Halloween - ranked number three in the biggest UK spending occasions. But how do you appeal to adults as well as children?

Blog: Éclairs back on-trend

Did you know the word ‘éclair’ comes from the French for ‘flash of lightning’? On learning this recently I thought, yes, it does have a lightning bolt-esque look to it, but non! They are so named as they are eaten quickly – in a flash.

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Genius recently launched a major digital campaign
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Blog: What next for Genius after gluten contamination scare?

The dust is now starting to settle on what must surely be the worst week in Genius’ short history. 

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David Smart imparts wisdom on the bakers of tomorrow
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David Smart: A message for the class of 2015

For one brief moment, may I speak directly to the baking trade’s youth? They might be students finishing their first year or graduating after their final year. 

Blog: A day well spent..

Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s David Smart takes an eye-opening trip to the capital and comes back armed with ideas. 

Gerhard’s blog: Life is sweet

Gerhard Jenne muses on Pret A Manger’s latest ‘flirt’ initiative and looks towards his own summer campaign. 

Blog: is Tesco euphoric over bakery deal?

Bronya Smolen asks, how do you solve a problem like the ISB? 

Gerhard’s blog: Vote rhubarb

The election is not far off, but Gerhard Jenne has just one piece of advice for the baking fraternity...

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Gerhard Jenne learns from last year for cracking Easter sales
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Gerhard’s blog: Hippy Easter Highs

Gerhard Jenne illustrates how a revamped strategy paid dividends for his business this Easter. 

Gerhard’s blog: reeling in customers

Taking the hands-on approach, Gerhard Jenne hits the streets to drive sales from passers-by. 

Gerhard’s Blog: overseas visitor

Gerhard Jenne, downed by the flu, misses the opening of his new shop, which welcomed a baker-visitor from the US. 

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Premier Foods plans to double its apprentice intake
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Blog: apprenticeships are on the up in bakery

At British Baker, we have been inundated with news of apprenticeship uptake in the food and drink industry of late. 

The supermarket saga: can the phoenix rise again?

Reporter Bronya Smolen considers the road ahead for supermarket retailers in the wake of this week’s headlines.

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Big moves in the biscuit world
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Blog: ambitious moves in the biscuit world

Lesley Foottit reckons Burton’s stands a good chance in its bid to crack the US market. 

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