The Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food are returning for the fourth year.
The contest is open to both home bakers and professional bakers, from artisan bread makers to small high street bakers.
The awards aim to ‘not only celebrate the skill of bread-making at its most diverse and inspiring, but also seek to encourage and foster the art of baking both now and for the future generation’.
A judging panel – including ‘The Great British Bake Off’ stars Martha Collison, Luis Troyano, Frances Quinn and Kimberley Wilson; Andrew Whitley, founder of the Real Bread Campaign; and Mike Holling, former ceo of the Craft Bakers’ Association – will apply their criteria to over 500 sweet and savoury loaf entries.
The categories are: Sourdough, Wholegrain, Ciabatta, Gluten Free, Baguette, Real Bread Campaign (bread of any variety made in accordance with the criteria of the Real Bread Campaign that it is ‘made without the use of processing aids or any other artificial additives’), Great British White, Fruit, Flatbread, Speciality – Sweet, Speciality – Savoury, The Tiptree Showstopper (for the best and most creative bread using a Tiptree product as an ingredient), Home-Baker – Open (brown or white, fruit or plain), Home-Baker – Sourdough, KitchenAid Young Baker (age categories 12-17 and under 12), and People’s Choice (for bread fans from across the country to vote online for their favourite bakery).
Entries must be registered by September 4 in time for judging day on September 21 at Westminster Cathedral. The winners will be announced at a harvest-themed reception in central London in October.
The overall winner receives a cheque for £1,000, a KitchenAid Artisan 6.9L Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, and an Artisan Two-Slot Toaster and Artisan Kettle. The winners of the two KitchenAid Young Baker categories each receive a KitchenAid Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer in Empire Red.
Awards director Caroline Kenyon commented: “In just four years, the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food have already established themselves as the most prestigious in their field. We couldn’t have achieved this without the help of our amazing judging panel and generous sponsors.”
For more details and to see the full list of award categories, along with last year’s winners, visit http://www.worldbreadawards.com/
Judge: Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison