California Raisins has revealed that Hugh Weeks and Colin Lomax will head up the team of judges for its Future Baker of the Year 2012 competition.

During March, April and May, Lomax - former Rank Hovis technical sales manager, and Weeks - who has worked at Renshaw and is a life-member of the British Confectioner’s Association, will visit colleages across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland to watch students compete for the title. The winning team will get the chance to attend a one-week bakery course at the prestigious Richemont School in Switzerland.

Teams must consist of three people, all of whom must be working towards a recognised national bakery qualification.

They will have five hours to produce a variety of goods from categories such as fermented, savoury, confectionery and innovation. Marks will then be awarded for overall appearance, flavour, skill, technique and workmanship.

Finalists will be invited to attend the annual Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ conference at Alton Towers in June, where California Raisins will announce the winner.

Dee Cassey, marketing manager for California Raisins, said: “This competition will not only give the college the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in bread-making, confectionery, savoury and innovation using California Raisins, but will also allow students to showcase their abilities.”

Tutors wishing to enter a team should contact Dee Cassey by emailing or calling 01753 827 650 for an official entry form.