Posted 29th May 2018 by Peter Byrne
The oldest bakery in Cornwall has launched a search to find their first ever 'Young Budding Baker of the Year'
Nominations opened last week (Wednesday 23 May), with the overall winner of the seven who will be shortlisted going behind the scenes at Warrens Bakery for a masterclass with Head Baker Jason Jobling, while also get to help to develop a brand-new bake. The winner will also get to meet Martha Collison, win a year's supply of bakes, and receive a baking course at their local cookery school, worth £250.
Jason Jobling, who has been with the team for 26 years, is leading the search with the help of Martha Collison.
Jason said: "Up until February last year, Warrens Bakery stores were only in the South West. Our journey over the last 12 months has been incredible, with monthly store openings in regions throughout England. Local residents have instantly taken to our sweet and savoury range of bakes and having met so many new friendly faces, we want to inspire young bakers and grow the appetite for craft baking with the launch of the search for the next Budding Baker."
Warrens Bakery is tipped as one of the top three craft bakeries in the UK, and also gained the highest place for a retailer in The World Pasty Championship. The team have been guardians of the Cornish Pasty since 1860, with hand-crimping of their pasties continuing in St Just, near Land's End.
Celebrated author and rising baking star Martha Collison said: "Baking is so well-loved because it’s part of our heritage; a skill that spans all generations. I was inspired to bake by looking up to those more experience than myself; grandparents, food technology teachers and aunties. They inspired me to get in the kitchen and try things out, to hone my skills and to improve my ability through encouragement and opportunity. I’m passionate about seeing a younger generation inspired to bake and let loose in our kitchens, as you learn so much about food through making it yourself."
Nominations can be made by siblings, friends, parents and grandparents, who are looking to see their young rising star (16-18) crowned the first ever 'Young Budding Baker of the Year 2018'.
Nominations close on 1st July 2018.