Meet the future superstars of the baking industry as British Baker reveals the three worthy finalists for the Rising Star Award 2022.

The category, which is sponsored by Rondo, aims to shine a light on the best and brightest people who are in the earlier stages of their career.

Here are the three finalists:

Amy McBean

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Amy McBean

Amy has worked for nearly six years at Macleans Highland Bakery at Forres and is now confectionery supervisor. She has achieved SVQ Level 3 Food and Drink Operations (Bakery Skills) and says one of the highlights of her career was the four-day course she undertook at the Richemont School in Lucerne, Switzerland. “It was the best experience. We learnt so much from each other and continue to talk through technical challenges on WhatsApp group chat,” she said.

Her ambition is to remain at Macleans and move up through the role of production manager into a management position. The judges praised Amy’s infectious love of bakery and passion for developing confectionery products.


Jake White

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Jake White

Jake works at Aji Bakery in London’s County Hall and it is testament to his skill and commitment that he was promoted to bakery supervisor while still studying for his Bakery Science and Technology BSC (Hons) at the National Bakery School.

“Once I started baking and sharing the products and saw the enjoyment the people got from eating them, it filled me – and continues to fill me – with joy and a sense of purpose,” he told the judges.

Jake trains the other bakers on his shift and works on product development which recently included a Japanese milk loaf. The judges praised his passion for innovation and commitment to ongoing learning.


Nishitha Kannan

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Nishitha Kannan

While pursuing her master’s degree in food science and technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Nishitha was nominated as a ‘Next Generation Baker’ for Puratos and as a part of that, created a new range of vegan bakery products and an eggless cake mix. During her degree she also created innovative products for Marks & Spencer’s premium cake range.

As Nishitha told the judges: “My passion is bakery. I love to scale up from lab to pilot level, and then into production.”

The judges commended Nishitha’s thirst for bakery knowledge and her dedication to technical and professional development.

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