The Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) held its annual conference at Alton Towers Hotel recently and here British Baker highlights the winners.

The event, which was sponsored by a host of industry backers, held business seminars for students from around the country and included the UK quarter finals for the 10th Délifrance Sandwich Cup.

The Saturday was given over to a host of competitions, an awards ceremony and formal dinner, where the students listened to speeches by retiring president David Goddard and also welcomed new president Ian Dobbie, managing director of Délifrance.

Bob Burns, last year’s Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) and chairman of the confectionery judges, told delegates the standard of the competition entries had been high – but added some were excluded for not following competition rules.

He said: “Keep on learning. I am still learning every day and I have been in bakery for 45 years.”
A full list of winners is available under the picture gallery.



Wayne Gillian, The Horton Trophy, UCB
Katie Gardiner, The President’s Cup, Belfast Metropolitan
Riander Broderick, The Bakery Trainee Challenge Trophy, UCB
Ashley Groom, The Novice’s Cup, UCB
Kieron Murphy, The Blandy Cup & The Slattery Trophy , Leeds Community College
Katie Gardiner, The Frank Webster Trophy, Belfast Metropolitan
Rosebud Beko, The Goldex Cup, UCB
David Harris, The Devon Rose Bowl, UCB
Oliver Campbell, The Callebaut Chocolate Academy Trophy, Tameside College
Ashley Groom, The Master’s Cup, UCB
Alice Hambridge, The California Raisins Competition, Dublin Institute of Technology
Ben Worsley, BSB Cup, Tameside College
Hayley Bond, Warburton’s Challenge Trophy, UCB
Grainne O’Hagan, The British Bakels Award, Dublin Institute of Technology
Danielle Preece, The Innovation Trophy, UCB
Taylor Keogh-Wroe, The Victory Challenge Trophy, Tameside College
Rebecca Gifford, Live Marzipan Modelling, Neath Port Talbot College
Alex Boylan, The Wrights Trophy, Limerick