Robert Ditty took the title of Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele at the 2011 Baking Industry Awards last night.
This year’s Brazilian carnival-themed event, which took place at Park Lane Hilton, was hosted by well-known TV presenter Richard Madeley.
Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner, with entertainment from cabaret act Brazilian Fantasy, before letting their hair down on the dance floor, where band The Real Thing played a selection of their hits, or else at the casino tables.
For more on the event and a full list of the winners and finalists, with photos from the night, see the next issue of British Baker, out tomorrow (9 September).
See below for a full list of the winners:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Christopher Freeman, Dunn’s Bakery
BAKER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Robert Ditty, Ditty’s Home Bakery
BAKERY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients
CELEBRATION CAKE MAKER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Terry Tang, Terry Tang Designer Cakes
THE CRAFT BUSINESS AWARD
Winner: Barbakan Delicatessen
CONFECTIONER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ruth Hinks, Cocoa Black
THE CUSTOMER FOCUS AWARD
Winner: Monty’s Bakehouse
THE INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: Bachmanns Chocolate Christmas Pudding
IN-STORE BAKERY OF THE YEAR
Winner: Morrisons, Wincheap, Canterbury
THE RISING STAR AWARD
Winner: Mellissa Morgan, Ms. Cupcake
SPECIALITY BREAD PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Rosemary & Raisin Loaf, Bachmanns