So here they are… the 2015 winners of the prestigious Baking Industry Awards.
Last night saw a sell-out crowd celebrate all the best in bakery as the awards went off with a bang at the fabulous London Park Lane Hilton hotel.
Among the lucky winners of the event, which is organised by British Baker and William Reed Business Media, were: Alex Gooch from Alex Gooch Artisan Baker in Powys, who came away with the coveted Baker of the Year title, sponsored by Brook Food Processing Equipment.
Other winners included Sainsbury’s, which scooped the award for In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Zeelandia, for the second year running.
Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Baking Industry Awards continue to go from strength-to-strength celebrating, as they do, the very best in British baking. All of our finalists were worthy entrants in their own right but, as in any competition, we have to pick the best and I’d like to congratulate all of our winners.
“All of our finalists had a great night and were entertained throughout thanks to our Studio 54 disco-inspired theme and the wit and charm of host Claudia Winkelman. I’d also like to thank the judges, and our sponsors, and look forward to doing it all again in 2016.”
On the night guests were also entertained by the AB Mauri sponsored casino, with the star prize of a luxury weekend away in the Cotswolds. Guests also flocked to the photo booth sponsored by Wright’s Baking Ingredients and had the chance of winning an Xbox 360 and an Ipad mini thanks to the Kluman & Balter raffle. And, before the event, VIP guests were treated to a drinks reception sponsored by Soreen.
The winners in full:
Rising Star Award, sponsored by Craft Bakers’ Association: Nathan Giles
Speciality Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by British Bakels: Reeve the Baker, Salisbury - Seeded Sourdough
Customer Focus Award, sponsored by CSM United Kingdom: The Kitchen Croxley
Craft Business Award, sponsored by Dawn Foods: Patisserie Mark Bennett
Celebration Cake Business of the Year, sponsored by Renshaw: Brown’s Handcrafted Cakes
Bakery Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by Sonneveld Group: Finsbury Food Group
The Innovation Award, sponsored by Asda: Ireks UK - Pão de Queijo
Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, sponsored by Ingredion UK: Incredible Bakery Company - Incredible Onion Panini
In-Store Bakery Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Zeelandia: Sainsbury’s
Baker of the Year, sponsored by Brook Food Processing Equipment: Alex Gooch, Alex Gooch Artisan Baker
Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry, sponsored by Délifrance: George Ross
To register your interest for next year’s awards or for more information see bakeryawards.co.uk