The winner of the category will be named Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017.

If you are an apprentice baker or studying to become a baker, the new Apprentice category, sponsored by Tiptree Patisserie, offers the chance to prove yourself.

“We are really delighted to support this category,” said Daren McGrath, managing director of Tiptree Patisserie. McGrath conceived the idea after a day’s judging at the 2016 Awards.

He added: “At Tiptree Patisserie, we take the training of young people very seriously and I feel it’s really important the Tiptree World Bread Awards have a dedicated category to recognise the hard work and talent of that sector, which sits between young enthusiasts and professional bakers.”

Entrants should apply through the Tiptree website.